Four classic 20th century graphic novels, done by master woodcut artists, in a single volume. An introductory essay puts each in context and examines their
continuing influence in contemporary culture.
features rare wordless novels by four great 20th-century woodcut artists European and North American. The stories they tell
reflect the political and social issues of their times as well as the broader issues that are still relevant today.
Frans Masereel (1899-1972) was born in Belgium and is considered the father of the wordless graphic novel. Graphic Witness
first reprint of his classic work, The Passion of a Man
, since its 1918 publication in Munich. American Lynd Ward (1905-85), author of the provocative
, is considered among the most important of wordless novelists. Giacomo Patri (1898-1978) was born in Italy and lived in the United States.
His White Collar
featured an introduction by Rockwell Kent and was used a promotional piece by the labor movement. Southern Cross
by Canadian Laurence Hyde
(1914-87) was controversial for its criticism of U.S. H-bomb testing in the South Pacific.
An introduction by George A. Walker places each wordless novel in its context and examines the influence of these works on contemporary culture, including
film, comic books and contemporary graphic novels.
will appeal to readers interested in social issues, printmaking, art history and contemporary culture.
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