Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts

Perfectly combining art and narrative, LYND WARD: SIX NOVELS IN WOODCUTS (Library of America, $70), begins with God’s Man, a simple story on good and evil, presented in black-and-white; moves on to the dreamlike and sanguine Wild Pilgrimage and the heavily symbolic, and frighteningly prescient, Song Without Words; and ends with the complex and masterfully structured Veritgo. Wordless, these books are closer to visual art than to narrative storytelling, making each page an exercise in interpretation and appreciation. It’s easy to see why Art Spiegelman’s reverential introduction argues that the work Ward championed and produced will survive this age of electronic reproduction—these stark lines of finely crafted etchings, “aware of themselves as art, sensitive to the mechanical means needed to make them,” require the printed page to shine.

Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts: A Library of America Boxed Set By Lynd Ward Cover Image
ISBN: 9781598530827
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Library of America - October 14th, 2010