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 - 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
Review: The Wild PartyUser 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