Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Seventh Ogre

Lee Brown Coye (1907-1981) was primarily an artist of the weird.  Early in his career, he adapted and illustrated an East Indian folk tale as his first book, The Seventh Ogre (1932).  The story tells of a blind man and a deaf man who team up and have a number of adventures, including while scheming to steal the gold of an ogre, who calls upon six other ogres to help him (unsuccessfully) defend his gold.  While Coye's macabre illustrations are interesting and well-done, they don't seem a very good match for the tale. Still the combination makes for an interesting little book.

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