FIENDISH FRANKENSTEIN AND OTHER ENGRAVINGS BY LYND WARD
In 1934, a new edition of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus was published with wood engravings by Lynd Ward.
Our rare book and special collections library holds a large number of works by Ward, who during the 1930s achieved some notoriety as a talented engraver and publisher of stories without words. A committed socialist, Ward employed much of his artwork advocating for economic and political reform and promoting the cause of social justice, as in these illustration from Madman’s Drum.
As Ward created numerous “graphic novels” during the Great Depression, many of his works also deal with darker themes: hunger, strikes, and alienation. With Halloween just around the corner, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to revivify and spark new interest in some of the ghoulish images Lynd designed for the Frankenstein story and other “gothic” graphic tales.