The Graphic Canon, Volume 2 gives us a visual cornucopia based on the wealth of literature from the 1800s. Several artistsincluding Maxon Crumb and Gris Grimlypresent their versions of Edgar Allan Poes visions. The great American novel Huckleberry Finn is adapted uncensored for the first time, as Twain wrote it. The bad boys of RomanticismShelley, Keats, and Byronare visualized here, and so are the Brontë sisters. We see both of Coleridges most famous poems: Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (the latter by British comics legend Hunt Emerson). Philosophy and science are ably represented by ink versions of NietzschesThus Spake Zarathustra and Darwins On the Origin of Species.
Frankenstein, Moby-Dick, Les Misérables, Great Expectations, Middlemarch, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment (a hallucinatory take on the pivotal murder scene), Thoreaus Walden (in spare line art by John Porcellino of King-Cat Comics fame), The Drunken Boat by Rimbaud, Leaves of Grass by Whitman, and two of Emily Dickinsons greatest poems are all present and accounted for. John Coulthart has created ten magnificent full-page collages that tell the story of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. And Pride and Prejudice has never looked this splendiferous!
This volume is a special treat for Lewis Carroll fans. Dame Darcy puts her unmistakable stamp onwhat else?the Alice books in a new 16-page tour-de-force, while a dozen other artists present their versions of the most famous characters and moments from Wonderland. Theres also a gorgeous silhouetted telling of Jabberwocky, and Mahendras Singhs surrealistic take on The Hunting of the Snark.
Curveballs in this volume include fairy tales illustrated by the untameable S. Clay Wilson, a fiery speech from freed slave Frederick Douglass (rendered in stark black and white by Seth Tobocman), a letter on reincarnation from Flaubert, the Victorian erotic classic Venus in Furs, the drug classic The Hasheesh Eater, and silk-screened illustrations for the ghastly childrens classic Der Struwwelpeter. Among many other canonical works.
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