Alan Elsden Odle (1888–1948) was an English illustrator, remembered today as the husband of the English novelist Dorothy Richardson, whom he married in 1917. His grotesque and subversive style was a precursor of surrealism. He illustrated an English edition of Voltaire's Candide ((G. Routledge, 1922), Mark Twain's 1601: A Tudor Fireside Conversation, a salute to scatology and Elizabethan manners (London: Printed for Subscribers only, 1936), and The Mimiambs of Herondas. He also designed the dust jacket for James Hanley's Ebb and Flow (London: John Lane, 1932), other Hanley novels for Lane, and Dorothy Richardson's Backwater (1916). He contributed to a number of periodicals such as The Gypsy, The Golden Hind (1922–25), the US Vanity Fair, The Studio, and the UK The Argosy.
Bibliography (secondary sources)
- There is an article on him by Martin Steenson in the Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, October 1979.
- The Imaginative Book Illustration Society at  has a bibliography of the published drawings compiled by Martin Steenson : Studies in Illustration, Issue 9, Summer 1998.
- Martin Steenson has also published a book on Odle, The Life and Work of Alan Odle (Stroud: Books & Things, 2012),126 pages, ISBN 978-0-9544395-1-4 (includes a full bibliography) .
- Herbert B. Grimsditch, "Mr. Alan Odle: A Master of the Grotesque", The Studio, London, England, 1 January 1928, Volume 95, no.418, p. 23.
- "An Exhibition by Three Book Illustrators: John Austen, Harry Clarke and Alan Odle", The Studio, London, England, 15 May 1925, Volume 89, no.386, p. 261
- Allan according to 1901 census and some sources on <http://www.ancestry.com>, but these are probably transcription errors
- Martin Steenson, The Life and Work of Alan Odle (Stroud: Books & Things, 2012).
- Gloria G. Fromm, Dorothy Richardson: a biography. University of Illinois Press, 1977. ISBN 0252006313 (p. 418).
- Examples of his work
- There is also a website which has a picture of Odle as well as several of his illustrations
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