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MARK TWAINS WAR PRAYER HC (05/22/2024) FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

MARK TWAINS WAR PRAYER HC (05/22/2024) FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

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MARK TWAINS WAR PRAYER HC (C: 0-1-2)
(A) Chwast, Seymour
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
StockID: 108629 SKU: FEB241419

Mark Twain's lambasting of phony- war-mongering patriotism reinterpreted by one of our finest contemporary illustrators. Written in 1910 in his 70th year- Mark Twain- having lived through 14 wars waged by his own country on others- declined to publish this poetic despairing reproof against patriotism. His regular illustrator Daniel Beard even urged Twain to issue the piece- to which the author replied- 'No- I have told the whole truth in that- and only dead men can tell the truth in this world. It can be published after I am dead.' It took 13 years after his passing for that prophecy to be fulfilled - and now- another 102 years later- the legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast (himself 92 years young) has fulfilled Beard's dream of enriching the fable with illustration. Chwast brings every aspect of his skills to this interpretation: drawing- design- typography- type design- pastel painting- and computer color all sit alongside each other with Twain's text in pages that expand and pace the original. With another century and a quarter of warfare passed since its writing- Chwast's artwork echoes advances in technology but Twain's message about the pointlessness of patriotism as a marketing hook for death is only more pointed today. SEYMOUR CHWAST (b. 1931) is one of the most highly regarded graphic designers in American history. He has executed hundreds of advertising campaigns- designed multiple popular typefaces- illustrated or been the subject of dozens of books- and created several childrens' books of his own. Referred to as 'the left-handed designer-' he has worked social commentary into his design for decades- including through his biannual journal The Nose. Chwast founded the design group Push Pin Studios with Milton Glaser- Edward Sorel- and Reynold Ruffins in 1954 and continues to head and work via the company at age 92.

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