WOODCUTS, and Some Words. By Edward Gordon Craig. (J. M.
Dent and Sons. 10s. (3d. net.) WOODCUTS, and Some Words. By Edward Gordon Craig. (J. M. Dent and Sons. 10s. (3d. net.)
One of the chief reasons for the charm of this book lies in the fact that it has been written by one who has actually handled the tools of the craft about which he has written. Too many books on art suggest the thwarted creator who, as self-styled critic, hoists himself to glory on the backs of the artists whose works he describes in high-sounding phrases which arc equally valueless as criticism and as creative literature. The first part of Mr. Gordon Craig's book is taken up, for the most part, by his attempt to convince us that he is practical. And, on his own definition of the word, he almost persuades us to accept him as such. The world, however, has a different idea of practicability. And the world, unlike Mr. Craig, does not believe in minority rule— at least, when it is too obvious. The latter part of the book consists of practical hints on wood engraving—hints which should prove of benefit not only to students, but also to those who only desire to appreciate. There are fifty-eight illustrations of the author's work, all of which are admirable examples of the wood-engraver's art.