Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Kauffer, Edward McKnight

(1890-1954) US illustrator, in the UK 1914-1940, where he became well known for commercial work, notably as a main designer of posters for London Underground. His illustrations for the Earl of Birkenhead's nonfiction The World in 2030 AD (1930) are typical in their adroit use of Modernist techniques like Cubism to give representational images a sense of sustained kinetic drive. This strategy does somewhat less well for fantasy, though he did work of interest for editions of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote (1930), W H Hudson's Green Mansions (1944) and Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poems and Stories (coll 1946). [JC]

Edward McKnight Kauffer

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This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.