Gustave Doré

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(Paul) Gustave Doré was a French book illustrator whose highly imaginative theatrical engravings accompanied many literary classics. Born in Strasbourg, Doré was drawing caricatures at the age of 15 for the Paris Journal pour Rire. He won acclaim with his illustrations for an 1854 edition of the works of François Rabelais. Thereafter he illustrated numerous books, including editions of Honoré de Balzac's Droll Stories (1855), Dante's Inferno (1861), Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote (1863), John Milton's Paradise Lost (1865), and The Bible (1866). His work was often faulty in drawing because of his insufficient training, but it excelled in conveying dramatic action in mysterious, gloomy settings.

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