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Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts (Library of America, Nos. 210 & 211) Hardcover – October 14, 2010
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There are six woodcut illustrated stories, completely devoid of words. If you're familiar with KMFDM covers you know how powerful this can be. First, realize that the negative space is just as important as the positive space. Only the right pages of the book are used, and often only 1/3 of the right page depending on the aspect ratio of the print. But this the right choice - forcing your eyes to scan would be counterproductive. These are powerful, completely wordless fables which rely on the power of stark monochrome. Which means...
You need to read this twice. The first time skip the introductions and the artist's comments on his works at the end of the book. Spiegelman is a smart man, but he reads things into the narrative that do not entirely match my interpretation, and I think my opinions are just as justified as his on re-reading. That's part of the raw power of such a stark wordless medium. For now just look at each page long enough to comprehend what is going on, then turn the page. Dive in. Do not dissect the art or think too hard about anything right now. You can absorb the atmosphere, such as when the sun is dark and when it's light, or when the prints are red and black, but don't think too long. At this point you will realize that using only the right pages was the correct presentation - this demands a flow of consciousness and scanning would disrupt that.Read more ›
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The complete 6 novels, so your friends can look at them without touching the original 1920s and 30s originals.Published 6 months ago by Willard F Combs
Lynd Ward's wood engravings are wonderful! Seeing the work grow and mature is a joy. In hind-sight, I think I would enjoy these titles as separate books. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joanne P.
Great edition. Very carrefully made, good post notes, tremedous artist. Doesn't get 5 stars because it would be better if it was done in 3 volumes so you don't read from a book... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Luciano Sabbatini
These are very fascinating books. This is the kind of treasure that you don't find every day. For someone who enjoys woodcut prints or unique books, this is an excellent Christmas... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lisa Wolf
A hidden gem. Dynamic, dramatic and visually stunning wood cuts with a social message. We are using this as a text in our high school printing programmePublished on October 10, 2013 by M. J. McAllister
This double set of graphic novels is gorgeous. As a teenager in the sixties he was one of my favorites. And he holds up. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by percy