Alay-Oop

Author(s): William Gropper

Graphic Novels

William Gropper was one of the great American cartoonists and illustrators of the twentieth century. A student of George Bellows and Robert Henri, he was a prolific newspaper cartoonist, WPA muralist, Guggenheim Fellow, and committed political activist--the first visual artist called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, after which he was blacklisted (though he got revenge with his pen). He was also a master of visual storytelling, best seen in his only full-length narrative work, Alay-Oop. First published in 1930, just as Gropper was coming to the height of his powers, this lost classic of the graphic novel presents an unusual love triangle- two circus acrobats and the honey-tongued schemer who comes between them. In page after page of charming, wordless art, Gropper takes us from the big top to bustling New York streets, from a cramped tenement apartment to the shifting landscape of a dream, as his characters struggle with the conflicting demands of career, family, and romance. A timeless and surprisingly modern yarn--with backflips aplenty.

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  • : 9781681373003
  • : New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
  • : New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
  • : June 2019
  • : 2.5 Centimeters X 14.2 Centimeters X 20.9 Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : 224
  • : Hardback
  • : William Gropper