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Carl Hertzog

Carl Hertzog (cont.)

Recognizing the depth of Lea’s and Hertzog’s collaboration, perceptive critic Katherine Simons describes Peleliu Landing this way:

“All the agony and shock of the Marine landing on Peleliu Island are in Lea’s narrative. The black and white of the sketches he drew ‘before my hand steadied’ are stark and poignant beyond the paintings he later made from them for Life magazine. The nervous energy of the Centaur type reinforces the tension of the story: black on dead white it stands. The ruddy words ‘Peleliu Landing’ on the title page and the big initial ‘M,’ a single bloody splash of an opening letter intensify, rather than relieve, the note of battle shock.”

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