Pen and ink

Stephen Spielberg’s special effects-driven adaptation of The War of the Worlds won’t capture the incongruity of the serene British countryside “and the swift death flying yonder” that characterize H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel.

But Joshua Glenn suggests an alternative:

This month, New York Review Books reissued the 1960 edition of “The War of the Worlds” with its fraught pen-and-ink drawings by [Edward] Gorey. These illustrations perfectly depict not only Wells’s half-sinister, half-ridiculous Martians, but also the destruction they leave in their wake: “a patch of silent common, smouldering in places, and with a few dark, dimly seen objects lying in contorted attitudes here and there”….


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