Richard Altick, 19 August 1982
Show More Physiognomy in the European Novel: Faces and Fortunes by Graeme Tytler.
Princeton, 436 pp., £19.10, March 1982, 0 691 06491 1Show More
A Human Comedy: Physiognomy and Caricature in 19th-century Paris by Judith Wechsler.
Thames and Hudson, 208 pp., £18.50, June 1982, 0 500 01268 7Show More
“... style of Tytler’s book bears unerased evidence of its origin as an American dissertation. Judith Wechsler’s, no less scholarly, is more readable, and the content, less literary, is considerably livelier. Despite the subtitle, Lavater remains in the background. The two books do not overlap, but on occasion they come into fruitful conjunction ...”