Gropper also illustrated pamphlets and books, including Alay-Oop, his own novel of "life and love among the acrobats told entirely in pictures."
27. George Bernard Shaw, The Crime of Imprisonment,
with illustrations by William Gropper (New York: Philosophical Library,
c1946). The text is a reprinting of Shaw's essay that was included as
a preface to Lord Olivier's report on English and American prison conditions
following World War I and prepared for the British Labor Research Office.
29. Rex Stout, ed., The Illustrious Dunderheads,
with illustrations by William Gropper (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942).
Frank Sullivan described this in the introduction as "a collection
of some of the silliest, stupidest, and most dangerous statements that
have ever been made by men laying claim to being leaders of the American
people" and "a sorry record of stupidity in high places; selected
gems from the writings and roarings of some of the most outstanding bombasts
whose oratory ever cracked the ceilings of the Capitol."
Gropper was well known for his caricatures of political and literary figures such as Sinclair Lewis. In 1927, Gropper joined Lewis and fellow writer Theodore Dreiser for a tour of the Soviet Union ten years after the Russian Revolution.
In his novel It Can't Happen Here, a fictional account of a fascist takeover of America, Lewis makes a reference on page 319 to Gropper and the New Masses:
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