Catalogue


Southern Cross /
Laurence Hyde.
imprint
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2007.
description
[259] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
ISBN
1897299109 :, 9781897299104 :
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2007.
isbn
1897299109 :
9781897299104 :
general note
"Southern Cross : a novel of the South Seas. Told in wood engravings by Laurence Hyde. With a review of stories in pictures from earliest times. Introduction by Rockwell Kent"--Original t.p.
Originally published Los Angeles, California: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1951.
Spine title.
Woodcut novel.
catalogue key
6348671
 
Includes bibliographical references: p. [259].
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Boston Globe, December 2007
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Summaries
Main Description
Southern Cross: A Novel of the South Seas is a stunning wordless novel told in 118 wood engravings about the atomic bomb testing performed by the United States in the South Pacific following World War II. This new hardcover edition is a facsimile of the original edition, published in 1951. Laurence Hyde was infuriated with the United States' continued testing in the Bikini Atoll, following the mass destruction and unthinkable horrors resulting from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Hyde's graphic novel involves a Polynesian island and the islanders' idyllic and secure life that is forever lost after American sailors arrive and evacuate the islanders from their homes. During the evacuation, a fisherman kills a sailor who attempts to rape his wife. The couple flees with their child into the jungle to avoid capture. After the other islanders have evacuated, the Americans detonate an atom bomb on the ocean floor. The island receives the brunt of the bomb's destructive force, which annihilates all flora and fauna. The fisherman and his family are subjected to horrific suffering and pain before dying from the resulting blast and radiation. Southern Cross includes the original introduction by Rockwell Kent and two essays by Hyde in which he provides the idea for his book, a detailed description of the process of wood engraving, and a short history of the woodcut novel. A new introduction is provided by the woodcut novel historian David A. Beron .
Long Description
"Southern Cross: A Novel of the South Seas "is a stunning wordless novel told in 118 wood engravings about the atomic bomb testing performed by the United States in the South Pacific following World War II. This new hardcover edition is a facsimile of the original edition, published in 1951. Laurence Hyde was infuriated with the United States' continued testing in the Bikini Atoll, following the mass destruction and unthinkable horrors resulting from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Hyde's graphic novel involves a Polynesian island and the islanders' idyllic and secure life that is forever lost after American sailors arrive and evacuate the islanders from their homes. During the evacuation, a fisherman kills a sailor who attempts to rape his wife. The couple flees with their child into the jungle to avoid capture. After the other islanders have evacuated, the Americans detonate an atom bomb on the ocean floor. The island receives the brunt of the bomb's destructive force, which annihilates all flora and fauna. The fisherman and his family are subjected to horrific suffering and pain before dying from the resulting blast and radiation. "Southern Cross "includes the original introduction by Rockwell Kent and two essays by Hyde in which he provides the idea for his book, a detailed description of the process of wood engraving, and a short history of the woodcut novel. A new introduction is provided by the woodcut novel historian David A. Berona.
Main Description
Southern Cross: A Novel of the South Seasis a stunning wordless novel told in 118 wood engravings about the atomic bomb testing performed by the United States in the South Pacific following World War II. This new hardcover edition is a facsimile of the original edition, published in 1951. Laurence Hyde was infuriated with the United States' continued testing in the Bikini Atoll, following the mass destruction and unthinkable horrors resulting from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Hyde's graphic novel involves a Polynesian island and the islanders' idyllic and secure life that is forever lost after American sailors arrive and evacuate the islanders from their homes. During the evacuation, a fisherman kills a sailor who attempts to rape his wife. The couple flees with their child into the jungle to avoid capture. After the other islanders have evacuated, the Americans detonate an atom bomb on the ocean floor. The island receives the brunt of the bomb's destructive force, which annihilates all flora and fauna. The fisherman and his family are subjected to horrific suffering and pain before dying from the resulting blast and radiation. Southern Crossincludes the original introduction by Rockwell Kent and two essays by Hyde in which he provides the idea for his book, a detailed description of the process of wood engraving, and a short history of the woodcut novel. A new introduction is provided by the woodcut novel historian David A. Beronä.
Main Description
This classic 1951 woodcut graphic novel inspired by the atomic bomb testing in the South Pacific following World War II includes the original introduction by Rockwell Kent and two essays by Laurence Hyde. Woodcut novel historian, David A. Beron..., writes the new introduction.The story in this stunning wordless novel is told in 118 wood engravings. Hyde was infuriated with the U.S. testing in the Bikini Atoll, following the horrors resulting from the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. This hardcover edition is a facsimile of the original edition.
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A wordless novel told in 118 wood engravings about the atomic bomb testing performed by the United States in the South Pacific following World War II.

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