William Gropper authored and illustrated several books including the autobiographical “Little Tailor”, now available in the newly published “Tales for Little Rebels”, and the graphic novel “Alley Oop”. His art can also be found in the works of such writers as George Bernard Shaw, Rex Stout, Frank Harris, Jim Tully and Burges Johnson, and on the cover of one edition of John Steinbeck’s “Tortilla Flat”.
Historians continue to turn to Gropper, particularly for his take on life during the Great Depression. His mural, The Construction of a Dam is on the cover of William E. Leuchtenburg’s “The FDR Years”. His cartoons are featured in “The Great Depression” from the series “Examining Issues Through Political Cartoons”, and David Margolick’s “Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink”.
The most comprehensive books about the artist’s life and career are Louis Lozowick’s “William Gropper” (1983 Art Alliance Press) and “William Gropper: Retrospective” by August L. Freundlich (1968 The Ward Ritchie Press).