The Wild Party

The Wild Party 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 TimesArt Spiegelman s sinister and witty bl

  • Title: The Wild Party
  • Author: Joseph Moncure March Art Spiegelman
  • ISBN: 9780375706431
  • Page: 212
  • Format: 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 TimesArt 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 counter 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 TimesArt 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.

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    1. Joseph Moncure March Art Spiegelman

      After serving in World War I and graduating from Amherst College where he was a prot g of Robert Frost , March worked as managing editor for The New Yorker in 1925, and helped create the magazine s Talk of the Town front section After leaving the magazine, March wrote the first of his two important long Jazz Age narrative poems, The Wild Party Due to its risqu content, this violent story of a vaudeville dancer who throws a booze and sex filled party could not find a publisher until 1928 Once published, however, the poem was a great success despite being banned in Boston Later in 1928, March followed up The Wild Party s success with The Set Up, a poem of a skilled black boxer who had just been released from prison.In 1929, March moved to Hollywood to provide additional dialogue for the film Journey s End and, famously, to turn the silent version of Howard Hughes classic Hell s Angels into a talkie a rewrite that brought the phrase Excuse me while I put on something comfortable into the American lexicon March stayed with Hughes Caddo Pictures studio for several years, temporarily running the office, overseeing the release of Hell s Angels, and getting into legal trouble after an attempt to steal the script for rival Warner Bros own flying picture Dawn Patrol.March worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood until 1940, under contract to MGM and Paramount and later as a freelancer for Republic Pictures and other studios he wrote at least 19 produced scripts in his Hollywood career His most prominent late script is probably the left leaning John Wayne curio Three Faces West, a knockoff of The Grapes of Wrath that ends with a faceoff between Okies and Nazis.With his third wife, Peggy Prior a Path screenwriter and her two children, March returned to the East Coast in 1940 During World War II, he worked at a shipbuilding plant in Groton, Connecticut, and wrote features mostly acid assessments of the movie business for the New York Times Magazine In later years, he wrote documentaries for the State Department and industrial films for Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Monsanto Company, American Airlines, and others Several films starring industrial films icon Thelma Tad Tadlock, including Design for Dreaming 1956 and A Touch of Magic 1961 were made from March s rhyming scripts March died in 1977.March revised both The Set Up and The Wild Party in 1968, removing some anti Semitic caricatures from both works Most critics deplored these changes, and Art Spiegelman returned to the original text when he published his illustrated version of The Wild Party in 1994 The Set Up has not been reprinted since 1968 Works and legacy Both of March s long poems were made into films Robert Wise s 1949 film version of The Set Up loses the poem s racial dimension by casting the white actor Robert Ryan in the lead, while the Merchant Ivory Productions 1975 version of The Wild Party changes March s plot to conflate the poem with the Fatty Arbuckle scandal.The Wild Party continues to attract new readers and adaptations In 2000, two separate musical versions played in New York, one on Broadway, composed by Michael John LaChiusa, and the other off Broadway, composed by Andrew Lippa, with mixed critical and popular success The Amherst College library s large collection of March s papers includes unpublished poems, scripts, and a memoir entitled Hollywood Idyll.

    244 thoughts on “The Wild Party”

    1. Some love is fire, some love is rust,but the fiercest, cleanest love is lust.--MarchThe Wild Party was published in 1928, and “rediscovered” (with the new subtitle, “The Lost Classic”) in the nineties, and illustrated by Art Spiegelman (Maus). A narrative poem, in a series of rhyming couplets, it has a dash of dirty limerick, a bit of Ogden Nash, part mock-epic, depicting one night, one party, during the Jazz Age. One main character is Queenie:Queenie was a blonde, and her age stood stil [...]

    2. OMG people. This book is all nuts and screws. Art Spiegelman illustrates this bit of Speakeasy grit, all told in rhyming couplets. Eighty pages of them. I did not move. I did not pee. I did not do anything but turn each page for two hours until I was through. It makes me wonder the things my grandma has seen that I'll never know about. Reminds me of the time she told me about girls that "went" together. She said, "Now we didn't mean anything by it . . . but we used to call them: queer.""Good new [...]

    3. Joseph Moncure March's "The Wild Party," first published in 1928, is something of a revelation. Reading this book-length poem is like discovering the well -- or perhaps cesspool is the better word -- from which sprung everything from pre-Hayes Code Hollywood films to the writings of Bukowski and Burroughs. (William S. Burroughs, in fact, acknowledged his debt to "The Wild Party," and March himself later went on to write for the movies.)The poem teems with drunkenness, gay love triangles, casual [...]

    4. I learned of this book from an interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on November 29, 1994 (wow, I love the internet). It was night and my family was driving home from Seattle to Portland after Thanksgiving with the grandparents. Spiegelman described how he found the book in a dusty corner of some little bookstore and almost read the whole thing while standing in the shelves. He read some of it on the air. It was gritty and glamorous. I wanted it. It was to become the 2nd book I ever bought for [...]

    5. A friend lent me this poetry book, illustrated by Art Spiegelman, at a party where we played many rounds of exquisite corpse and everyone got drunk off Campari. Tipsy handing it to me after a conversation about graphic novels, she said: this is a naughty book, you'll like it. And she was right. The book's forward, and the forward--also by Spiegelman, goes into how William Burroughs decided to be a writer after reading the Wild Party at Harvard. Considering the characters and content surrounding [...]

    6. The poetry itself is decent, but the setting and characters that makeup the story are great. Vicious and entertaining, and Spiegelman did a beautiful job illustrating it. He does everything in a version of his normal work which seems woodblocked, so it has a feeling of being deep and simple at the same time. Good for poetry lovers, great for the more open minded of sequential art readers, and just really, really cool for those who like Jazz Era New York culture and history.

    7. First of all, the book's endpages are red velvet! If nothing else, pick it up to have that experience. I discovered this poem/story randomly as I was browsing over at the Main library here on UGA's campus. Noticing Art Spiegelman's name on it, I immediately placed it in my stack of books. An interesting read although it possesses a very dark and depressing undertone. Ominous. The reader feels & knows that this is a party that is not going to end well. Spiegelman mentions in the introduction [...]

    8. 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.

    9. The poem - a syncopated tale of Jazz Age debauchery - is slight, but pleasant enough for a quick read. The nineties introduction by Art Spiegelman, though, has dated far worse. Remember the End of History? Ha. His illustrations still aren't really my thing, but capture the fleshiness and signs of wear the poem demands.

    10. It's almost impossible to write a proper review for The Wild Party, way too many things to be said. To keep it simple, it's as wild as the title promises (as well as awfully but yet delightfully disturbing and funny)!

    11. Truly a 'lost' classic. This was such a quick fun read and captured the crazy, sultry lifestyle of the Roaring 20's. Definitely had shades of the type of shenanigans that Hemingway described in another classic 'The Sun Also Rises'. I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem.

    12. The Spiegelman illustrations are great. The poem, though very much of its age, is very affecting. And very funny in places. My favorite lines:"His hips were jaunty,And his gestures too dextrous.A Versatile lad!He was ambisextrous."

    13. Interesting. An experience. Also, probably not the best choice for reading on an airplane when passengers beside you might wonder about the dirty pictures in that book you're reading.

    14. Decadence! Cruelty! Sickening violence! Sudden death! Bootleg Gin and Bottomless Despair! Makes Studs Lonigan look like Pride and Prejudice!

    15. A quick read but as I'm really not fond of graphic novels it wasn't really my style of reading. It was written as a poem so if you read it out loud some of the scenes make more sense.

    16. The art and packaging are superlative. Spiegelman is a master. Five stars. The poem itself, fun and sleazy and pretty near worthless. I averaged the whole thing out to a really enjoyable three stars.

    17. From :The Wild Party, a poem in the classical epic style, is Joseph Moncure March's first published work. Upon its 1928 publication the poem was widely banned, first in Boston, for having content viewed as wild as the titular partyWhen asked once about March's The Wild Party, the acclaimed writer William Burroughs replied, "It's the book that made me want to be a writer."I first saw the 1994 version of this epic poem with illustrations by Art Spiegelman. Putting aside for now the issues involved [...]

    18. Libro que compré primeramente por un mal entendido de la contraportada. Viene una cita de William S. Burroughs: “La fiesta salvaje es el libro que me convirtió en escritor”. Y yo pensé que Burroughs era el escritor del libro. Luego, ya en casa, descubrí que era un comentario de él sobre el libro, que el autor es el juguetón de Joseph Moncure March. Segunda cosa por la cual lo compré: está ilustrado estupenda y atinadamente por Art Spiegelman. El Spiegy es garantía total, es de los b [...]

    19. According to the introduction by Art Spiegelman, this is the book that made William Burroughs want to become a writer. It was also written in 1926, when March was 26, and it was "too hot for publication" for two years. When it finally was published, it was banned in Boston.The first thing I noticed about this "lost classic" when I opened it was the red velvet end-papers. They alone made me want to buy this book. The writing itself is Jazz Age brilliant. It is a poem -- William Burroughs said it [...]

    20. art spiegelman is an amazing human being. Like him, I have very little time for poetry. But this poem is a riotous riff on the stylishness and slum of the Jazz Age, and his adaptation is a breathtaking gem. In the author's words, to read the original poem is to come away with "large shards of it lodged in your brain." And that's true. But rather than being spiky, they feel jaunty - pocket change you rattle in your hand while whistling a few bars of a catchy classic. While most widely known for M [...]

    21. Years back I happened upon a movie with Raquel Welch and it made an impression on my young mind and I remembered it even after all these years. When I researched it I found out that it was named "The Wild Party"In my reasearch I learned that it was based loosely on a poem written over 50 years before named the same. Well the movie was forgettable but the poem was fantastic. I finished the poem in an hour; I couldn't stop reading it! March, who later worked for the New Yorker, studied under Frost [...]

    22. I doubt I would have bothered with The Wild Party but for the production that has been mounted by my favorite local professional musical theatre company. That production, from St. Louis' New Line Theatre, is, like most of New Line's shows, outrageous and fabulously well done. I found the music somewhat cacophonous and the simulated sex annoying - and the actors, their performances, and the intricate choreography totally mesmerizing.However, this is supposed to be about the book-length poem, not [...]

    23. Normally it does not matter to me which edition of a book you read, but in this case I am reviewing the Art Spiegelman illustrated 1994 reissue - and, even more specifically, the hardcover. The book - the actual physical object, rather than simply the text - is very important in this case.The text was written by Joseph Moncure March back in the 'twenties. A sensual, hedonistic tale of sensual, hedonistic times. However it cannot be read without Spiegalman's gloriously debauched illustrations. On [...]

    24. A substantial amount of time has passed since I completed a full read of THE WILD PARTY. I admit, my memory of the material has weakened, and only increases so the further I distance myself from the scripture and the closer my appointment with death approaches. There for, I would have to say, it would be unrealistic for me to give it a fair review at this point. However, my recollected feelings towards this literature can, and have been, expressed in my rating of the book. If, by chance, I find [...]

    25. ‘The wild party’ is a hard boiled Jazz Age tragedy, told as a nursery rhyme.Queenie was a blonde, and her age stood still,And she danced twice a day in a vaudeville.Queenie and Burrs have a violent spat. Then comes along Black an innocent lad. Black falls for Oueenie and they end up in the back room.Some love is fire: some love is rust:But the fiercest, cleanest love is lust.Burrs stagers in and pulls out a gun. Black wrests it, it fires and kills Burrs.And the cops rushed in.March improvise [...]

    26. 'Wild' really is the world. March's verse swings from long and lyrical to sharp and staccato, almost in imitation of the lurching, drunken movement of his characters. Burrs, Black, Queenie, and Kate (not to mention the rest of the guests, including incestuous brother pianists, an 'ambisextrous' dancer, a predatory middle-aged lesbian, a hard-drinking pugilist, his girlfriend, and her fourteen-year-old sister) are rendered disturbingly lifelike by jarring, colorful, and occasionally disgusting de [...]

    27. What's not to love? In the course of this epic poem, March details an evening full of jazz, sex, violence and general debauchery with a nicely varied cast of generally unsavory types, including Queenie (a blond bombshell off of the Vaudeville stage), Burrs (a misanthropic and belligerent clown, her lover), and Black (a new man on scene, who aims to steal Queenie from Burrs). The new edition (pictured) has illustrations by Art Spiegelman, which are a nice touch. The source material for two fine m [...]

    28. Actually reading 1968 Wheelwright publication that includes "The Set-Up" and "A Certain Wildness". "A Certain" is a wonderful 60 pp memoir of the 20's written in '68 - and he had not lost a bit of his biting humor and wit. "The Set-Up" made into a great boxing movie w/ Robert Ryan - which has almost nothing to do w/ the March's narrative poem. And in 2000 "The Wild Party" turned into a musical by two different groups! You seldom see narrative poems any longer, and it takes awhile to get into the [...]

    29. I found this book one nasty new york summer as I was working on my college campus. I was sent down to pick up copies and I saw that there were stacks upon stacks of books being thrown out to the garbage. I went through them and I picked this book up and, am I glad I looked though those garbage boxes. This is one of my most loved ad enjoyed books. I think I must have read and re-read it like a hundred times and still I like it the same way I did the first time. I love this book a ton. It is funny [...]

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