MARK TWAIN'S WAR PRAYER HC

    • PUBLISHER
      FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
    • WRITER
      Mark Twain
    • ARTIST
      Seymour Chwast
    • ISBN
      9781683969594
    • RELEASE DATE
      May 21, 2024
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Written in 1910 in his 70th year, Mark Twain, having lived through 14 wars waged just 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 Beards 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 Twains text in pages that expand and pace the original. With another century and a quarter of warfare passed since its writing, Chwasts artwork echoes advances in technology but Twains message about the pointlessness of patriotism as a marketing hook for death is only more pointed today.
    • PUBLISHER
      FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
    • WRITER
      Mark Twain
    • ARTIST
      Seymour Chwast
    • ISBN
      9781683969594
    • RELEASE DATE
      May 21, 2024

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