I AM A STRANGER ON THE EARTH: The Story of Vincent Van Gogh by Arnold Dobrin

I AM A STRANGER ON THE EARTH: The Story of Vincent Van Gogh

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Van Gogh--life, legend and art--is a natural subject for juvenile biographies, of which surprisingly few exist--and none as young as this superficially attractive package supplementing the brief narrative with scattered quotations and reproductions. Dobrin avoids intrusive explaining and boring detail and a number of other likely sins (though his style is not entirely free of cliches) but he adds no special viewpoint or insight either. Though intended for somewhat older readers, Alan Honour's Tormented Genius (1967) has more to say about Van Gogh's life and personality; as an introduction to the art (which hardly needs one) anything would be better than the Vincent Van Gogh in Raboff's gumdrop series, but best of all, in the absence of those unreproducible originals, would be an ""art book"" from the adult shelves.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1975
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Warne