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The graphic canon, volume 1

Author
Publisher
New York : Seven Stories Press, c2012.
Description
352
Call #
741.5 Graphic
Summary
Includes index.
Subjects
ISBN #
9781609803766

 

ID #
1564079

 

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Reviews and Notes

Summary/Annotation ->  THE GRAPHIC CANON (Seven Stories Press) is a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy that brings classic literatures of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. There are more than 130 illustrators represented and 190 literary works over three volumes--many newly commissioned, some hard to find--reinterpreted here for readers and collectors of all ages. Volume 1nbsp;takes us on a visual tour from the earliest literature through the end of the 1700s. Along the way, we're treated to eye-popping renditions of the human race's greatest epics:nbsp; Gilgamesh ,nbsp; The Iliad ,nbsp; The Odyssey nbsp;(in watercolors by Gareth Hinds),nbsp;The Aeneid ,nbsp; Beowulf ,nbsp;andnbsp; The Arabian Nights , plus later epicsnbsp; The Divine Comedy nbsp;andnbsp; The Canterbury Tales nbsp;(both by legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast),nbsp; Paradise Lost , andnbsp; Le Morte D'Arthur . Two of ancient Greece's greatest plays are adapted--the tragedynbsp; Medea nbsp;by Euripides and Tania Schrag's uninhibited rendering of the very bawdy comedynbsp; Lysistrata nbsp;by Aristophanes (the text of which is still censored in many textbooks). Also included is Robert Crumb's rarely-seen adaptation of James Boswell'snbsp; London Journal , filled with philosophical debate and lowbrow debauchery. Religious literature is well-covered and well-illustrated, with the Books of Daniel and Esther from the Old Testament, Rick Geary's awe-inspiring new rendition of the Book of Revelation from thenbsp;New Testament, the Tao te Ching , Rumi's Sufi poetry, Hinduism'snbsp; Mahabharata , and the Mayan holy booknbsp; Popol Vuh , illustrated by Roberta Gregory. The Eastern canon gets its due, withnbsp; The Tale of Genjinbsp; (the world's first novel, done in full-page illustrations reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley), three poems from China's golden age of literature lovingly drawn by pioneering underground comics artist Sharon Rudahl, thenbsp;Tibetan Book of the Dead, a Japanese Nohnbsp;play, and other works from Asia. Two of Shakespeare's greatest plays ( King Lear nbsp;andnbsp; A Midsummer Night's Dream ) and two of his sonnets are here, as are Plato'snbsp; Symposium ,nbsp; Gulliver's Travels ,nbsp; Candide ,nbsp; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman , Renaissance poetry of love and desire, andnbsp; Don Quixote nbsp;visualized by the legendary Will Eisner. Some unexpected twists in this volume include a Native American folktale, an Incan play, Sappho's poetic fragments, bawdy essays by Benjamin Franklin, the love letters of Abelard and Heloise, and the decadent French classicnbsp; Dangerous Liaisons , as illustrated by Molly Crabapple. nbsp; Edited by Russ Kick, The Graphic Canon is an extraordinary collection that will continue with Volume 2: " Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray in Summer 2012, and Volume 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest in Fall 2012. A boxed set of all three volumes will also be published in Fall 2012.

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