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Illustrations for The Devil's Motor

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Illustrations for The Devil's Motor

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The Devil's Motor: A fantasy. Written by Marie Corelli, London: Hodder & Stoughton,

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Arthur Severn, colour plates, 1910

Arthur Severn (British, 1842-1931) is probably best know for representing John Ruskin during the Whistler trial in 1878. But do a search on Severn and his relationship with Ruskin (he even married Ruskin's cousin) is barely mentioned. The first posts to come up, are about the artist's questionable relationship with Corelli.

Marie Corelli was a very successful author, think of her as the Stephenie Meyer of her time. She was hated by the critics yet her romantic fantasies sold more than her contemporaries, Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, and even Rudyard Kipling.
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