From School Library Journal: This is a masterpiece of literary choices as well as art and interpretation. It is a perfect graduation or summer-reading present, and the solid editing, including introductory notes for each piece, makes it a required purchase for any library.
This truly is what a canon boasts as being: a sum of essentials, here visual and interpretive as well as historically blessed. And unlike most schoolroom anthologies, this one will deprive readers of sleep, rather than encourage it.
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1
From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaison
This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy brings classic literature of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. From a rarely seen R. Crumb rendering of James Boswell’s London Journal to a massively popular Indian Bhagavad Gita there are more than 130 literary works–many newly commissioned, some hard to find–reinterpreted here for readers and collectors of all ages.
In order to get a better understanding of how beautiful this book really is and to get a better feel for the detail and depth of its’ content such as, the book of Esther in the Old Testament or three of Shakespeare’s greatest plays (including a manga Macbeth), watch the video on YouTube.[youtube DsoYFONRdBs&feature]
Stop by the Random House booth #2510 to see copies of The Graphic Canon Volume #1 and #2
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