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Drawn From Memory

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
An evocative childhood memoir by the much-loved illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. In this autobiography, E.H. Shepard describes a classic Victorian childhood. Shepard grew up in the 1880s in Saint John's Wood with his brother and sister. He was surrounded by domestic servants and maiden aunts, in a an age when horse-drawn buses and hansom cabs cro ...more
190 pages
Published 1971 by Methuen
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I call this candy. A rare treat I have almost never come across - the childhood memoir of an artist I admire, illustrated (lavishly - a drawing on nearly every page) by the author himself. To my mind, the best kind of book ever. (That, and the fact that this part of his childhood was very happy.) I had the happy discovery of his description of Queen Victoria's Jubilee - which seemed serendipitous after having just watched Queen Elizabeth's myself a few weeks back. My favorite part of the book wa ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This utterly delightful memoir would probably have remained forever unknown to me had it not been for a lovely review of it by The Captive Reader. I quite literally went in search of it right away although not a big reader of non-fiction I do really like these kinds of childhood memoirs. I am so very glad I found a copy, this book is very much a keeper, and one I know I shall return to. E.H Shepard is remembered and loved by many for his wonderful drawings which illustrated classic works of chil ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book of reminiscences from the renowned illustrator of Winnie The Pooh and other books. He tells of his life at age 7 in Victorian London in 1887. This is a delightful memoir that gives the modern reader an intimate kaleidoscope of the times. There was much I didn't know - the roaster that held the Christmas turkey during cooking, the harvesting of hops at Pollard's farm, the celebration of Queen Victoria's Jubilee to name only a few. Adding to the book's charm are the many illustrations that ...more
Alisha Trenalone
So, I have to admit I didn't really read much of the text except here and there. The attraction is in the drawings, since this man also did the illustrations for Winnie the Pooh. He describes his childhood in the Victorian era and the accompanying drawings are pretty cute. Available from if you have an app that's Adobe DRM enabled (try Freading or Mantano), but be sure to get the PDF version to see the pictures.
Richard Mills
Feb 25, 2010 Richard Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book describing the Victorian childhood of E H Shepard, who illustrated Winnie the Pooh. It describes his infancy in a house near Regent's Park, London, and the author has an apparently perfect recall of his life, from a child's eye point of view. I liked how he remembered so clearly how it feels to be a little boy, but I also love the many beautiful pictures in the book. Because he is an illustrator, he is able to help us see life.

There are a few sad examples of how
May 20, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful evocation of a Victorian childhood, with Shepard's beautiful drawings on almost every page - sketches of the various people he encountered throughout several almost-idyllic childhood years. What I loved most was little Ernest's love of drawing, and his use of drawings to celebrate and remember the world around him.
Aug 31, 2012 Zoya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this book Ernest H. Shepard, a famous illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows, described a happy year from his childhood in London. He managed to capture the intensity, the freshness, the sincerity and the excitement of the child’s experiences. I've lived in London for eight years and found it fascinating to read about the places that I've been to and some that I know well. His vivid descriptions made it easy to compare the Victorian London and childhood to the present day ones ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
An immensely lovable book -- reminiscences from a London childhood with delicious illustrations on nearly every spread. Worth it for the drawings alone, but the quality of the writing surprised me. There is not much narrative thrust, but the descriptions are beautifully clear and immediate. The perspective through a child's eye is completely honest and not at all precious. A treasure.
Aug 30, 2014 Patriciagoodwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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an absolutely delightful book about his childhood in London. I felt I was in that era with him & could thoroughly identify. Also thoroughly enjoyed Drawn from Life
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Ernest Howard Shepard was an English artist and book illustrator. He was known especially for his human-like animals in illustrations for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne.
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