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Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk: A Replica of the 1922 Edition Featuring the Poems of Mary E. Marcy with Woodcuts by Wharton Esherick

Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk: A Replica of the 1922 Edition Featuring the Poems of Mary E. Marcy with Woodcuts by Wharton Esherick

The Wharton Esherick Museum, Mary E. Marcy, Wharton Esherick

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This facsimile edition of a 1922 children’s book features seventy-three dynamic and whimsical woodcut illustrations—the first woodcuts that the famed American craftsman Wharton Esherick produced. A high-quality replica authorized by the Wharton Esherick Museum, this book reveals the foundation of Esherick’s direction as an artist. Edited by Museum director Paul Eisenhauer, it also features a foreword by Museum assistant curator Laura Heemer. The illustrations frame verses that introduce children to the principles of evolution, a highly controversial topic at the time: the book was published three years before the famous Scopes “Monkey” trial of 1925 that resulted in the inclusion of the teaching of evolution in public schools. Drawn by the excitement of the controversy, Esherick threw his passion into these illustrations. Afterward he would go on to carve over 300 woodcuts, leading to decorative carving, and ultimately, to Esherick’s realization that he was a sculptor rather than a painter.

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 73 b/w woodcut illus | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349379 | Binding: hard cover

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Mary E. Marcy (1877–1922) was a labor activist and leading figure in the Socialist Party. She served as the editor of the _International Socialist Review,_ the most popular and influential revolutionary journal of the period. Her books _Out of the Dumps_ and _Shop Talks on Economics_ are classics of early twentieth century American socialist writing. Persecuted by the U.S. government under the Sedition Act, Marcy committed suicide shortly after this book was first published. American sculptor, furniture maker, painter and printmaker Wharton Esherick (1887–1970) was part of a community of artists that helped to shape the course of American Modernism. His studio in Paoli, Pennsylvania, is open to the public as part of the Wharton Esherick Museum. Learn more at www.whartonesherickmuseum.org