Monday, September 10, 2012

Deleted Illustrations from Nephi Anderson's "Romance of a Missionary" (1919)

These illustrations appear in the proof sheets of Nephi Anderson's 1919 novel Romance of a Missionary but not in the published version. Why Anderson decided to cut them (notice the Xs over the illustrations) is unknown. Elsewhere in the proofs are several photographs of European locations mentioned in the narrative, which appear in the final cut, but no other illustrations based on the characters in the novel. It could be that Anderson initially wanted more illustrations like these, but negotiations for them fell through or they cost too much. Or it could be that Anderson was dissatisfied with their quality, or felt that they contrasted too sharply with the photographs and compromised the uniformity of the novel's look. 

Your guess is as good as mine. Personally, I like them. 


  1. .

    Well they're in the public domain now.

    Do we have the name of the illustrator?

  2. The illustrator was Denzil Long, and upon further research I have learned that they were used when the novel was first serialized in the Improvement Era--which still doesn't answer the question why Anderson chose not to include them in the published novel.

  3. And it looks as if these "proofs" are actually pages from the Improvement Era that Anderson used when he revised the novel for publication.

  4. .

    I assume this was normal for serialized novels? Dickens, for instance, probably just marked up periodical pages before sending Great Expecations to the book man?

  5. He may have left them out so the reader could visualize his own conception of the characters.