Edward A. Wilson

Edward A. Wilson

Edward Arthur Wilson (not Edward Adrian, the arctic explorer) was truly one of the most distinguished book illustrators of his time. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1886, he came to the United States with his parents as a small child in 1893. He studied at the Art Institute in Chicago, and under illustrator Howard Pyle.

Iron Men and Wooden Ships, published in 1924, and Pirates Gold, published in 1926, securely placed him as a leader in American illustration, and over the next 40 years he illustrated over 25 books.

Between 1926-1948, he worked on Robinson Crusoe (1930), Two Years Before the Mast (1930), The Last of the Mohicans (1932), Green Mansions (1935), The Man Without a Country (1936), Anthony Adverse (1937), A Shropshire Lad (1938), Treasure Island (1941), Jane Eyre (1944), Westward Ho! (1947), and The Tempest of William Shakespeare. 

In 1948, The Book of Edward A. Wilson, edited by Norman Kent with a foreword by Thomas Craven, was published by Heritage Press to do honor to Wilson’s career up to that time. After that, he continued to publish steadily at least to 1966. These years produced American Sea Songs & Chanties, The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor (1949), Ivanhoe (1950), A Sailor’s Treasury, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1952), Dam Busters, and By These Words (1954). Cromwell’s Head (1955), Twenty Leagues Under the Sea (1956), The Horsecatcher, The Mysterious Island (1959), Warpath, The Deerslayer, Around the World in 80 Days (1962), and Journey to the Center of the Earth (1966) were also commissioned from Edward A. Wilson by various publishers.

Starting with Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad  in 1950, Wilson brought to the Landmark and Signature Books not only inspired draftsmanship but a deep feeling for historical accuracy, illustrating a total of six books for the two series: In 1952 he did The Story of George Washington, The Story of Benjamin Franklin, and Clipper Ship Days. In 1953 he tackled The Story of Theodore Roosevelt and The Story of John Paul Jones. Especially notable, as a glance at almost any page will show, are the high excitement and drama which mark Mr. Wilson's work.

Mr. Wilson died at the age on 84, after a long illness, in 1970. Prints of his work are in the Metropolitan Museum, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress.

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Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad
Spencer Press Landmark #9 (RH#9)
by Adele Nathan
from Spencer Press
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAND)
Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad
Landmark #9
by Adele Nathan, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Clipper Ship Days
Landmark #22
by John Jennings
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Favorite Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
International Collectors Library
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
from International Collectors Library
for 7th-Adult
in Poetry (Location: POET-GEN)
Ivanhoe
by Sir Walter Scott, Illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Easton Press
Historical Fiction for 9th-Adult
in Leather Bound Collectible Books (Location: VIN-LEA)
Ivanhoe
by Sir Walter Scott, Illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Heritage Press
Historical Fiction for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Random House
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
Last of the Mohicans
Leatherstocking Tales #2
by James Fenimore Cooper
from Heritage Press
Realistic Action/Adventure Novel for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Man Without A Country
by Edward Everett Hale, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Heritage Press
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Mysterious Island
by Jules Verne, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Heritage Press
Science Fiction for 8th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Heritage Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
by J. C. Mardrus (French rendering from the Arabic), translated by E. Powys Mathers and illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Heritage Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Story of Benjamin Franklin
Grosset & Dunlap Signature #5
by Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Biography for 5th-9th grade
in Grosset & Dunlap Signature Books (Location: VIN-SIG)
Story of George Washington
Grosset & Dunlap Signature #12
by Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Biography for 5th-9th grade
in Grosset & Dunlap Signature Books (Location: VIN-SIG)
Story of John Paul Jones
Grosset & Dunlap Signature #20
by Iris Vinton, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Biography for 5th-9th grade
in Grosset & Dunlap Signature Books (Location: VIN-SIG)
Story of Theodore Roosevelt
Grosset & Dunlap Signature #14
by Winthrop Neilson, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Biography for 5th-9th grade
in Grosset & Dunlap Signature Books (Location: VIN-SIG)
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Heritage Press
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Treasure Island
Easton Press Library
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Easton Press
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne, translated by Lewis Page Mercier and illustrated by Edward A. Wilson
from Heritage Press
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)