The Wild Party: The Lost Classic

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Pantheon Books, 1999 - Fiction - 110 pages
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"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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User Review  - Heather Fryling - Goodreads

I took another trip through the Wild Party. There's something about the poem that appeals to my innocent and not wild at all soul. I can feel the excitement and desperation pounding through the pages, and Art Spiegelman's illustrations really take it to the next level. Read full review

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User Review  - Fiona D'Arcy - Goodreads

I found this to be an interesting read. You fly through it, and it's engrossing enough to hold your attention, even though it's entirely poetry. However, in my limited experience with poetry, I'd have ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Joseph Moncure March was a poet, journalist and screenwriter best known for his two verse narratives, The Wild Party and The Set-Up, the story of a washed-up black boxer. An editor for The New Yorker in the 1920s, he died in 1977.

Art Spiegelman is the author of Maus, A Survivor's Tale, for which he received a special Pulitzer Prize in 1992. He was co-founder and editor of Raw, the acclaimed magazine
of avant-garde comics, and is currently a staff artist for The New Yorker and comix editor at Details magazine. He is currently working on Crime Doesn't Pay, an opera libretto about the history of comics. He lives in New York City with his wife, Françoise Mouly, and their two children, Nadja and Dashiell.

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