- excerpt from Storyteller Without Words - the Wood Engravings of Lynd Ward 1974, Harry N. Abrams Publisher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The most important work of American artist and illustrator Lynd Ward, Gods' Man is a powerfully evocative novel, told entirely through woodcuts. Ward (1905–85), in employing the concept of the wordless pictorial narrative, acknowledged his predecessors the European artists Frans Masereel and Otto Nückel. Released the week of the 1929 stock market crash, Gods' Man was the first of six woodcut novels that Ward produced over the next eight years. It presents the artist's struggles in a world characterized by both innocence and corruptions and can be considered a forerunner of the contemporary graphic novel, popularized by artists such as Daniel Clowes.
Although best known for his "novels in woodcuts," Ward was also a successful illustrator of children's books. In 1953 he won the Caldecott Medal for The Biggest Bear, which he both wrote and illustrated. His illustrations also appeared in numerous books that received the Newbery Medal. Ward's final work was the acclaimed wordless novel The Silver Pony (1973).
Until now, Gods' Man has only been widely available in high-priced original editions. This top-quality, low-cost republication of Ward's masterpiece will be welcomed by collectors of his work as well as by readers new to his achievement.
Dover (2004) unabridged republication of the edition published by Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York, 1929.
I bought this after listening to Regions of Light and Sound of God by Jim James (he used the book as an inspiration for some of the songs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tayler
This is, in my opinion one of the most destructive, depressing, devastating and self-defeating "books" ever created. Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. McGee
I'm also a printmaker, so when I heard about a novel done in woodcuts, I had to buy it. It's cool, like the original graphic novel. Read morePublished 20 months ago by trickstavic
and these works of art don't fail. You can make up your own words to tell the story being shown or hell like Jim James did make a whole album about it.Published on March 26, 2013 by Erik
there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you'd love this book. it's unique and there's nothing like it. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Sarah Wester
I bought this to add to my growing graphic novel collection as I love the medium and perspective. The art is expert and dramatic, no question. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by C. Campbell
Its a beautiful story, told without words and a sort of bittersweet ending. But you don't have to take my word for it.Published on September 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer