From Cave Painting to Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope of Human Communication

From Cave Painting to Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope of Human Communication

From Cave Painting to Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope of Human Communication

From Cave Painting to Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope of Human Communication

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Though my name appears on the title page as the author of this book, I cannot honestly claim to be the male parent. A suggestion of Marie Neurath was the act of fertilisation whereby I myself, and at first a little coyly, conceived the plan of a script for a picture gallery of her own choosing. Our intention was to publish it only in America, an intention fortified by our conviction that the first priority in our native setting of austerity and paper shortage should be for books to make us laugh again.

Subsequently, our publishers convinced us that Britain could take it.

We still hope that Americans can.

It is no less what it sets out to be (and at that a book for the bedside), because (and unlike the story of Frankie and Johnnie) it has a moral, being quite blatantly (though incidentally) a defence of the Middle Way.

It goes without saying that it will please neither the highbrow nor the lowbrow. Happily for the publisher there are still middlebrows to carry on what may survive of our civilisation, if anything.

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