I really like Joseph Moncure March's "lost classic", The Wild Party, especially as illustrated by Art Spiegelman. (Go ahead, look inside.) I guess after something has become a fairly successful broadway musical, and stayed that way a couple years, it isn't so 'lost' anymore. But it can still be good clean fun.
Oh, yes - Burrs was a charming fellow:
Brutal with women, and proportionately yellow.
Once he had been forced into a marriage.
She had a miscarriage
Two days later. Possibly due
To the fact that Burrs beat her
with the heel of a shoe
Till her lips went blue.
For a week her brother had great fun
Looking for Burrs with a snub-nosed gun:
At the end of which time, she began to recover;
And Burrs having vanished, the thing blew over.
Just a sample
One is probably ample.
But I'll give you one more. From the malicious playground jingle quality of 'possibly due ... with the heel of a shoe/Till her lips went blue' to a sort of Robert Frost-as-decadence thing:
Some love is fire: some love is rust:
But the fiercest, cleanest love is lust.
It doesn't really work out for Burrs or Queenie, the star of the story. If only these people listened to Hugo and got themselves tested. But she'll bounce back. ("Queenie was a blonde/ And her age stood still/ And she danced twice a day in vaudeville.") I think this handsomely illustrated little edition would make a fine stocking stuffer for the love in your life.