Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts

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The major American artist invented the concept of a wordless novel with this evocative, text-free "woodcut" narrative. Autobiographical in nature, the novel recounts Ward's struggles with his craft and with life in the 1920s. The intricate woodcuts transcend all barriers of language, and fresh details reward the eye with every review. 139 black-and-white illustrations.

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Overview

The major American artist invented the concept of a wordless novel with this evocative, text-free "woodcut" narrative. Autobiographical in nature, the novel recounts Ward's struggles with his craft and with life in the 1920s. The intricate woodcuts transcend all barriers of language, and fresh details reward the eye with every review. 139 black-and-white illustrations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312331009
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1978
  • Pages: 118

Introduction

The most important work of major American artist and illustrator Lynd Ward, God's Man is a powerful, evocative novel, told entirely through woodcuts. Ward (1905-1985), in employing the concept of the wordless pictorial narrative, acknowledged as his predecessors the European artists Frans Masereel and Otto Nuckel. Released the week of the 1929 stock market crash, God's 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 corruption, 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 for children's books. In 1953 he won the Caldecott Medal for The Biggest Bear, which he also wrote and illustrated. His illustrations also appeared in numerous books that were recipients of the Newbery Medal. Ward's final work was the acclaimed wordless novel The Silver Pony (1973). Until now, God's Man had 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 his readers new to his achievement.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    I Was Very Dumb in 1970

    Book needs no words. Most find it overpowering. Found by chance in remainder's in store I worked in at 23yrs,a 1st ed. mint. Purchased it on the spot, my treasure. Then remembered the bday of a friend. I felt unselfish -- and made a present of it. She might have loved it.I went to her. She wasn't home; so, I left it on front doormat. You may have guessed she never got it! Now I'm 60 & the 23-yr old version of me seems really dumb! Now finally found it, even if it's not the treasure I found by accident. Everyone should take a look at this; it only takes minutes to read it all. Ward used no words! Wow!-mdc

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