By Jennifer Ashley
"Revisit the Mackenzies during this heartwarming Christmas story. publication 4.5 of the recent York instances bestselling Mackenzies / Highland Pleasures sequence. The Mackenzies assemble for a extended family Christmas and Hogmanay in Scotland. within the chaos of arrangements for the celebration--the first of Hart and Eleanor's married life--one of Ian's Ming bowls will get damaged, and the kinfolk scrambles to save lots of the day. Daniel busily runs a having a bet ring for every thing from the hour Eleanor's child will arrive, as to if Mac's former-pugilist valet can win a boxing fit, to who could be the first of the numerous site visitors to be stuck lower than the mistletoe. Ian starts off a brand new obsession, and Beth fears that the lack of one in every of his priceless bowls has made him withdraw once again into his deepest world.
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23 But in magazines where such contact and consideration did not take place (and even where it did exist), the editor would ask that twenty illustrations were to be provided for the twenty-part serial, or twelve illustrations for the twelve-part story, and so on-no matter what the visual demands or possibilities of the text were. When a story was written without any consideration that it was to be illustrated, and then turned over to the artist, his problems increased. If the particular plot segment for an issue had no scenes with dramatic, visual impact, or with psychological potential, for instance, then the illu_strator was limited to a drawing which was perfunctory.
One illustration per issue, or an opening or closing illustration (the latter being rare, since rpe audience was already "captured"), or an illustration carefully placed in the middle of the installment, revealed the editor's understanding that his audience was to be held through the appeal of picture. This was most apparent in magazines such as The Graphic, where the illustration served as frontispiece for the monthly segment. Such prominent positioning of the illustration was obviously meant as a direct appeal to the audience.
As a recognized and established author, furthermore, Hardy was in a more confident position to deal with his editors and illustrators. In 1877, Hardy was at work on the manuscript of The Return of the Native, apparently expecting that his story would be accepted by Stephen for publication in The Cornhill Magazine. To his surprise, Stephen rejected the unfinished manuscript because, in Hardy's words, "though he liked the opening, he feared that the relations between Eustacia, Wildeve, and Thomasin might develop into something 'dangerous' for a family magazine, and he refused to have anything to do with it unless he could see the whole.
A Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (Mackenzies & McBrides, Book 4.5) by Jennifer Ashley