The classic canon of Western civilization meets the artists and illustrators who have remade reading in the last years of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century in Russ Kick's magisterial, three-volume, full-color Graphic Canon. In this handsome three-volume set, the first anthology of its kind in comics history, Russ Kick presents some of the artists and illustrators, both known and unknown, who have begun to redefine literature for a new century.
This special edition includes all three volumes of the series in an attractively designed slipcase, allowing graphic novel collectors and fans to quickly add this seminal work to their library.
For more information about the individual volumes, please see:
Volume 1: From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons
Volume 2: From "Kubla Khan" to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray
Volume 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest
For more on The Graphic Canon series, visit www.thegraphiccanon.wordpress.com and follow @TheGraphicCanon on Twitter.
“Powerful...Fascinating...Breathtaking...These works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination.”—New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice
“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, Indie Booksellers Pick 2012's Best
“The diversity and excellence of this volume is just about overwhelming.”—The Austin Chronicle
"Through the reprinted and newly-produced work of 59 (mainly American) adapters and 58 adapted titles, this is not only a survey of the world's diverse artistic past, but also a breathtaking glimpse of this young medium's incredible future."--Booklist, starred review
"This meaty slab is laced with more wit, beauty, social commentary and shock than one might expect. . . If artists, as British sculptor Anish Kapoor famously said, make mythologies, then this volume is genuinely a marriage of equals."--Kirkus Reviews
"Looks like a must-buy for all academic libraries, many public libraries, and many high schools, and an exciting new benchmark for comics!"--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."--School Library Journal
About Russ Kick
RUSS KICK's bestselling anthologies, including You Are Being Lied To and Everything You Know Is Wrong, have sold over half a million copies. The New York Times has dubbed Kick "an information archaeologist," Details magazine described Kick as “a Renaissance man,” and Utne Reader named him one of its “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Russ Kick lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tucson, Arizona.