By MIKA ROSS-SOUTHALL
Editors be warned: there are fastidious rules when it comes to republishing the work of Mervyn Peake. Speaking at the Royal Academy of Arts yesterday on how artists illustrate stories, Sue Bradbury (the former editorial director of the Folio Society), told us that when it came to reissuing his books in 1999, Peake's estate wouldn't allow illustrations of figures. Halls, buildings and landscapes were acceptable, but no “characters”. In the words of the Folio Society's founder, Charles Ede, the relationship between the author, illustrator and publisher is like “a ménage à trois conducted on tight-ropes”.
Should artists choose which parts of a text they want to illustrate, or should the author (even if dead) direct them? And how much control do the publishers have?