Edward Thomas's 'Oxford', printed in 1903, saved the family from the 'gutter and bankruptcy.'It was his first major commissioned work and came at a time when they were desperate for money after two years of living mainly from reviewing and single articles.
Words or pictures first? My copy, a rather expensive birthday present, privileged the John Fulleylove paintings above the text., and Edward Thomas was commissioned to accompany them.
Oxford' is a strange book, peopled with semi-fictitious characters, half amalgamations of people he knew, half imaginary, and many reflecting himself as a visitor or undergraduate.. It is not everyone's cup of tea, although there is a good deal of humour in it.