on 15 December 2013
Every once in a while I remember that Trilby by George du Maurier had amazing illustrations like this. Then I remember how Trilby was one of the best classics no one ever knew because it was basically the pop cultural phenomenon of its time period, rather than known as Classic, World-Changing Literature of the time.
Ever wonder about the ~legendary~ Svengali? If you grew up in the Chicago area, you might know the show Svengoolie, which basically pulled its name and premise from Svengali.
You can thank Trilby for that. The dark-bearded man in the image above is Svengali.
And they say pop culture and highly commercial literature is ephemeral. Please. This image is STILL hilarious. Even if the story at large is not necessarily funny.