Volume 1Â 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:Â Gilgamesh,Â The Iliad,Â The OdysseyÂ (in watercolors by Gareth Hinds),Â The Aeneid,Â Beowulf,Â andÂ The Arabian Nights, plus later epicsÂ The Divine ComedyÂ andÂ The Canterbury TalesÂ (both by legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast),Â Paradise Lost, andÂ Le Morte D'Arthur. Two of ancient Greece's greatest plays are adaptedâthe tragedyÂ MedeaÂ by Euripides and Tania Schragâs uninhibited rendering of the very bawdy comedyÂ LysistrataÂ by Aristophanes (the text of which is still censored in many textbooks). Also included is Robert Crumbâs rarely-seen adaptation of James BoswellâsÂ 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 Gearyâs awe-inspiring new rendition of the Book of Revelation from theÂ New Testament, the Tao te Ching, Rumiâs Sufi poetry, HinduismâsÂ Mahabharata, and the Mayan holy bookÂ Popol Vuh, illustrated by Roberta Gregory. The Eastern canon gets its due, withÂ The Tale of GenjiÂ (the worldâs first novel, done in full-page illustrations reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley), three poems from Chinaâs golden age of literature lovingly drawn by pioneering underground comics artist Sharon Rudahl, theÂ Tibetan Book of the Dead, a Japanese NohÂ play, and other works from Asia.
Two of Shakespeareâs greatest plays (King LearÂ andÂ A Midsummer Nightâs Dream) and two of his sonnets are here, as are PlatoâsÂ Symposium,Â Gulliverâs Travels,Â Candide,Â A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Renaissance poetry of love and desire, andÂ Don QuixoteÂ visualized by the legendary Will Eisner.
Some unexpected twists in this volume include a Native American folktale, an Incan play, Sapphoâs poetic fragments, bawdy essays by Benjamin Franklin, the love letters of Abelard and Heloise, and the decadent French classicÂ Dangerous Liaisons, as illustrated by Molly
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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