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Cover Date: 2004
Cover Price: US $8.95
Issue Tagline: A Novel in Woodcuts
Format: Black & White; Original Graphic Novel; 160 pages
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The most important work of major American artist and illustrator Lynd Ward, Gods' Man is a powerful, evocative novel, told entirely through woodcuts. Ward (1905-1985), in employing the concept of the wordless pictorial narrative, acknowledged as his predecessors the European artists Frans Masereel and Otto Nückel. Released the week of the 1929 stock market crash, Gods' Man was the first of six woodcut novels that Ward produced over the next eight years. It presents the artist's struggles in a world characterized by both innocence and corruption, and can be considered a forerunner of the contemporary graphic novel, popularized by artists such as Daniel Clowes.
This 2004 edition is an unabridged republication of the work originally published in 1929 by Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Inc., New York. The blank pages backing up the woodcut illustrations have been eliminated for this Dover edition.
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