Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend (Dover Humor)

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From the creator of Little Nemo comes this pioneering cartoon strip, a world of dreams and nightmares, fraught with episodes of wish fulfillments and exaggerations in size and perspective. This facsimile of the rare 1905 first edition recaptures Winsor McCay's imaginative brilliance and his influence on latter-day animation with 60 cartoon sequences.

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The American cinema's first great cartoon animator, Winsor McCay began his career as a newspaper cartoonist. He achieved national renown with his comic strips Little Nemo in Slumberland and Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend.

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The surreal inventiveness of Winsor McCay, a cartoonist best known for "Little Nemo in Slumberland" and the animated film "Gertie the Dinosaur," surfaced earlier in a weekly black-and-white strip that ran in U.S. newspapers between 1904 and 1913. In each episode, a new character is caught in an escalating tangle of weirdness: a man practicing for a golf tournament watches as the ground beneath his ball grows into a volcano, which then erupts; a Wall Street secretary swallows her gum, triggering a chain reaction that collapses the world financial markets; a woman standing before a gallows to witness her mother’s hanging finds that her husband can’t contain his glee—until, in the final panel, they awaken. Merkl, an art historian, archeologist, and bibliophile, has lovingly assembled the most complete and scholarly collection of these strips to date, reproducing McCay’s phantasmagoric art at, or near, full size.
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