The Wild Party: The Lost Classic
"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 - Honeybadger - Goodreads
Very hip, very well drawn. I like the minimalistic approach whereby the author tells a story through a poem, sketching out a single night in the life of the flapper party-set. The artwork does a great ... Read full review
Review: The Wild PartyUser Review - Nye Rees - Goodreads
Although this is an undeniably well-written poem, it's taught me that I only enjoy poetry in moderation. It seems to be a matter of taste with this type of book and this time round it just wasn't my thing. Read full review