Lynd Ward: Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo

Lynd Ward: Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo


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ISBN-13: 9781598530810
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 10/14/2010
Pages: 690
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Lynd Ward was born in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of six novels in woodcuts and three picture books for children, and the illustrator of some two hundred other books. Storyteller Without Words, an autobiographical monograph on his work in wood engraving, was published in 1974. He died in 1985.

Art Spiegelman, volume editor, is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic memoir Maus: A Survivor’s Tale and Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, among many other works.

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Lynd Ward: Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
burnit99 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Will Eisner is commonly and erroneously credited with creating the modern graphic novel (instead, he popularized it). Milt Gross and, more deservingly, Lynd Ward should have that title. This book compiles the remaining three graphic novels of Lynd Ward's marvelous works from the 1930's. His style reminds me of Rockwell Kent, but to my knowledge Kent didn't create any graphic stories. "Prelude To A Million Years" is an odd little story in which an idealistic artist is so dismayed by the banal brutality of the world that he retreats to the purity of his own artistic creation, although the last panel shows that this is small comfort."Song Without Words" is another strange short story in which a woman, discovering her pregnancy, is so appalled by the world's evil (a repeat of the theme from the first story) that she cannot bear bringing a child into such a world. Here, though, the last panel is much more hopeful. "Vertigo", a much more ambitious work, paints a picture of the Great Depression through the eyes of several characters. The book contains a foreword by Art Spiegelman ("Maus") and essays about each of the stories herein.