The wild party: the lost classic
Pantheon Books, Mar 23, 1999 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 120 pages
"Spiegelman's drawings are like demonic woodcuts: every angle, line, and curve jumps out at you. Stylishness and brutishness are in perfect accord."
-- The New York Times
Art Spiegelman's sinister and witty black-and-white drawings give charged new life to Joseph Moncure March's Wild Party, a lost classic from 1928. The inventive and varied page designs offer perfect counterpoint to the staccato tempo of this hard-boiled jazz-age tragedy told in syncopated rhyming couplets.
Here is a poem that can make even readers with no time for poetry stop dead in their tracks. Once read, large shards of this story of one night of debauchery will become permanently lodged in the brain. When The Wild Party was first published, Louis Untermeyer declared: "It is repulsive and fascinating, vicious and vivacious, uncompromising, unashamed . . . and unremittingly powerful. It is an amazing tour de force."
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Review: The Wild PartyUser Review - Sue - Goodreads
A great little slice of the Roaring 20s. Mostly too filthy to add to my Gatsby unit. The rhymes (the whole book is in verse) are evocative and often clever. But I have to say Spiegelman's ... Read full review
Review: The Wild PartyUser Review - Bill Fletcher - Goodreads
The Spiegelman illustrations are great. The poem, though very much of its age, is very affecting. And very funny in places. My favorite lines: "His hips were jaunty, And his gestures too dextrous. A Versatile lad! He was ambisextrous." Read full review