- Full Description
Inspired by the wordless woodcut novels of Lynd Ward. Recounted in 128 striking black-and-white linocuts by artist Giacomo Patri, the story takes place between 1929 and 1933, from just before the stock market crash to the devastating years immediately afterward. The protagonist, an earnest young man with a promising career in advertising, descends into unemployment, debt, and homelessness. Desperate to provide for his family, he discovers common ground with blue-collar workers and the benefits of union organizing.
Because of its controversial depictions of class struggle, unionization, and abortion, White Collar was shunned by publishers, and the author was forced to print his own editions. Early copies are extremely rare; this Dover edition marks the volume's first return to print in decades, and its very first appearance in hardcover. The struggles and injustices faced by workers during the Great Depression spring to graphic life in this powerful wordless novel, which traces a middle-class family's downward spiral.
This is very much in the mold of the famous Lynd Ward wordless novels, such as God's Man and Madman's Drum. Patri is using the same time period as a backdrop, and his socialist message is also in keeping with Ward's stories. Another proponent of worker's rights is the famous artist Rockwell Kent, who provides a short introduction to the original work--reprinted in full here. Then the author/artist's son, Tito Patri, provides a revealing and fascinating NEW introduction, exclusive to this new edition, about his father's career and struggles and the publishing history of this unique story.
Nearly unknown for years, White Collar came back into the public eye at book fairs and in the antiquarian bookstores when a copy would surface here and there. Only in the past several years have booksellers, spear-headed by the renowned Ken Sanders, finally realized that this was an important work, far less seen than Lynd Ward's novels, but every bit as timely and entertaining. Bound in handsome black cloth with a silver embossed image on the cover, just like the cover of the original edition. Original editions now sell for well past $1000, so this is a wonderful, inexpensive way to discover this classic work.
- Additional Information
Item Code WHITH Publisher Dover Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9780486805917 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 144pg Color b&w