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 - Goodreads
Cracking good stuff and the illustrations by Art Spiegelman are a perfect fit. I can't see how this is suppose to talk me outta the lure of a proper party. I'm not going to shoot someone cause I get my hands on some sweet bathtub gin, and it seems an interesting crowd. Read full review
Review: The Wild PartyUser Review - Kate Elliott - Goodreads
Homicidal jazz age orgy written in kitschy verse! And bad verse at that! Naturally I recommend. (See also: this edition has Art Spiegelman illustrations.) Read full review