Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts

Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts
edited by Art Spiegelman
The Library of America, 2010

A handsomely chunky two-volume set reprinting Ward’s complete woodcut graphic novels from the 1930s. This is one of those volumes built to last, finely printed with each intricately-detailed print on its own leaf. Each story is wordless (apart from the occasional signage) and tells an allegorical story wrought with symbolism. It’s gorgeous and influential stuff, although by necessity the plots are far less subtle than the finely carved lines.

The book also include essays written by Ward in the mid-seventies, a detailed chronology and an interesting yet supremely irritating introduction by Spiegelman, who mentions himself* rather too many times.

* 37 times in 17 pages – I counted.

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