|Last panel of Classics Illustrated edition of The House of the Seven Gables|
In his lecture on September 14, 2000, Dr. John L. Idol, Jr. discusses the comic-book versions of Hawthorne: "I come now to a form of illustrated books that students for decades have been tempted to turn into ponies--and many of them may have succeeded. I'm speaking, of course, of the comic-book-like illustrated classics, those publications that give us realistically drawn characters and places with a bare-bone version of the story. In the earliest manifestation of presenting the romance in the form of serial drawings, the concluding scene became more Poeish than Hawthornean, for we see the seven-gabled house going down in flames not exactly a reprise of the ending of 'The Fall of the House of Usher' but in the same spirit."
|(with special thanks to Dr. John L. Idol Jr.)||close window|