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The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March

The Wild Party (1928)

by Joseph Moncure March (Author)

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A narrative poem from 1928 describing a night among louche theater people. It was widely banned but still a big success. It's powerful not just for being daring but also wonderfully written, and I say this as someone who doesn't like poetry much. I can't stop thinking about the ending. Art Spiegelman did expressive illustrations for this 1994 version in a woodcut style reminiscent of Lynd Ward. ( )
  piemouth | May 12, 2016 |
A true treasure and wildly fun. ( )
  caseybp | Jan 19, 2016 |
Better the second time around, when it's not overshadowed by the masterwork, Maus. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
Über die Qualität des vor Jahren wieder entdeckten Langgedichtes "Die wilde Party" des 1977 verstorbenen amerikanischen Kulturjournalisten Joseph Moncure March lässt sich streiten, über Art Spiegelmans Illustrationskünste weniger und so ist es seiner liebevollen visuellen Adaption zu verdanken, dass nahezu jede Seite ein ästhetischer Genuss geworden ist. Das Gedicht wurde erstmals 1928 veröffentlicht und galt viele Jahre als Skandalon, da es mit direkter Sprache und erotischer Freizügigkeit von einer langen Partynacht im New York der Wilden Zwanziger erzählt. Kurzweilig und pointiert bringen Spiegelmans Zeichnungen die Dekadenz der abgehalfterteten, halbseidenen Partygäste auf den Punkt.
Nicht nur aufgrund des aufschlussreichen Vorwortes von Spiegelman eine vorbildliche Form der literarischen Wiederentdeckung. ( )
  David_Cappel | Aug 24, 2012 |
loved the poetry - wild indeed - great film noir if put that way. a rousing tale of love and greed and lust with retribution gallor.
  Brumby18 | Jan 19, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
March, Joseph MoncureAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spiegelman, ArtIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, UliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burroughs, WilliamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guégan, GérardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ricuperati, Gianluigi A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375706437, Paperback)

"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."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:30 -0400)

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A graphic poem on an all-night party during the Roaring Twenties which ends in a murder. The book was banned in Boston when it was first published in 1928.

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