Leaves of Grass Illustrated by Margaret C. Cook, 1913

I was reading an Internet magazine, Brainpickings, about the correspondence between Bram Stoker and Walt Whitman, writers who have provided me with two of the most enjoyable reads of my life, Dracula when I was thirteen, and Leaves of Grass when I was twenty-two. A link to that article and Brainpickings is right below:


The Stoker-Whitman article linked me with another article that surprised me even more, a Leaves of Grass with illustrations by an artist named Margaret C. Cook,whom I’ve tried to find some facts about, but all I know is she was British and her illustrated Leaves of Grass is very rare.

I can see a connection in her work to the Pre-Raphaelites in England and Maxfield Parrish and N.C. Wyeth in the United States, a mythic almost fairy tale world. Margaret C. Cook, I know nothing of her, but the paintings that follow. There will always be, if one doesn’t stop reading and doing what one is doing, something new.

Here is a link to Brainpickings for the Leaves of Grass article:



  1. Kristine Byrne

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  2. Not bad… WW1 coming on, for them, the distance of the Civil War not love not still too far off…

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