"It's easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory, and certainly the one that's most relevant for today's readers." NPR

The Graphic Canon: The World's Great Literature as Comics and Visuals

Volume 1: From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons

“Classic literature gets desterilized with the help of the modern world's most daring graphic artists.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Graphic Canon series presents the world's classic literaturefrom ancient times to the late twentieth centuryas eye-popping comics, illustrations, and other visual forms. The first of the initial three volumes starts in antiquitywith the works of the Babylonians, Israelites, Greeks, and Romansand winds through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and Shakespeare's day, ending with the Enlightenment in the late 1700s.

Works & authors include The Odyssey, Plato, Aeneid, Book of Revelation, Beowulf, The Tale of Genji, Arabian Nights, The Inferno, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Faeire Queene, King Lear, Paradise Lost, Gulliver’s Travels, Benjamin Franklin & dozens more

Artists include Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Roberta Gregory, Rick Geary, Sharon Rudahl, Peter Kuper, Molly Crabapple, Gareth Hinds, Seymour Chwast, Andrice Arp, Hunt Emerson, Shawn Cheng, Rebecca Dart & dozens more

512 pages ~ 55 pieces ~ oversized softcover ~ full color throughout

"An exciting new benchmark for comics!"—Library Journal