During what has come to be known as the golden age of illustration, Howard Pyle was America's foremost artist/illustrator. Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1853, he developed his talents at a precociously early age. His specialty was the illustration of historical adventure stories, working for important periodicals such as "Harper's Magazine" and "St. Nicholas."
Very seldom does it happen that an excellent illustrator is also an excellent writer (or vice versa), but Howard Pyle, in this as in so much else, proved himself exceptional. Although he is remembered first and foremost as a visual artist who guided and inspiresd such talents as N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Jessie Wilcox Smith, but he was also a master storyteller in his own right.