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The Graphic Canon, Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest Paperback

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Product Details

  • Series: The Graphic Canon (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609803809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609803803
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Volume 3 of this critically acclaimed series rounds out Kick’s maniacally ambitious effort to collect graphic adaptations of world literature throughout history by focusing on the twentieth century. Here there is less repetition of authors in favor of casting a wider net through the cultural currents that dominated the literary century and a greater use of excerpts and single-image representations of entire works. This affords the joy of being able to compare, say, Tara Seibel’s surrealist take on Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams with Peter Kuper’s paranoid visualization of Kafka’s fever dreams, or seeing Dan Duncan’s look at Hemingway’s tough-as-nails A Matter of Colour side by side with T. Edward Bak’s look at Hammet’s tough-as-nails The Maltese Falcon, all sandwiched among Yeats, Joyce, Pynchon, Robert Crumb, and Lisa Brown. Although much of the excerpting and wordless adaptations assumes prior knowledge of these classics, all are once again accompanied by Kick’s brief but insightful introductions. Delightfully, women are well represented (though as adapters more than original authors), and the entire project remains an astounding survey of the state of the art form itself. --Jesse Karp


"These works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination...will leave you awe-struck."—New York Times Book Review

"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, Indie Booksellers Pick 2012's Best

"The Most Beautiful Book of 2013 is The Graphic Canon, Volume 3"—Publishers Weekly, "Best Summer Books 2013" 

The Graphic Canon is startlingly brilliant.”—School Library Journal

“This meaty slab is laced with more wit, beauty, social commentary and shock than one might expect. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

“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...proves most powerful in its tear-inducing panoply of graphic talents and styles working in the comics medium."—Booklist (starred review)

“The trilogy should occupy a prominent place in all adult graphic novel collections.”—Library Journal

The Graphic Canon is absolutely the most ambitious book I’ve picked up this year.”—Newsday

“Kick’s passionate introductions anchor the collection, appearing before every adaptation and setting writer and artist in context. And they're central to the anthology's purpose: to entertain, but also to broaden the mind, to foist James Joyce on people who never got beyond Buck Mulligan, to nudge lovers of literature to pick up a graphic novel or three.”—The Guardian

"Bold, brilliant. . . . By turns playful and beautiful, this visual treatment is more than entertainment; it offers a new perspective for understanding these enduring works.”—Reader’s Digest

"A treasure trove for literary comics fans.”—Wired’s GeekDad blog

"A vibrant, feverish dance through some of the best parts of our artistic history."—Paste

“Verdict: Russ Kick brings it on home – to the home library – with style.”—The Austin Chronicle   

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By Ilene Van Gossen on March 27, 2014
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What can I say? The ideas in here are amazing. Got the whole set for Christmas. I must've been a good girl.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey R. Balme on August 10, 2013
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It's really something that needed doing and the only serious negative is that they can't be more like 10 volumes.

There is a wide variety of artistry, and while not all of it is exactly the sort of thing I anticipated, for example some of the artists of all 3 of the volumes opted to make one work of art to sort of encapsulate the story, rather than strip style story telling comics, it is still magnificently worth the investment.

I was also a little disappointed that Rilke was not given something more graphic and instead just typography - which I can't argue isn't an art, but at the same time, didn't wow me much.

We can also quibble with Mr. Kick on some of his introductions to the artists, but I think he does a fine job overall. I had read, though I'm no expert on the topic, that T.S. Eliot never meant his footnotes in Wasteland to be taken seriously as footnotes, but more as part and parcel of form of the poem in habitus. If true, no doubt a good part of Eliot's pleasure probably came from the idea that there might be graduate students chasing down those references - who knows for certain! I also ached a bit when I saw that Vonnegut wasn't included. I feel like his books beg for treatment.

Anyway, don't let this go by if you're a fan of both arts.
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18 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Savage on June 30, 2013
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This is a difficult review to write. Volume 3 the Graphic Cannon edited by Russ Kick is a fascinating book of illustration and summaries with a big black spot in it. That spot is Russ Kick's summary of The Interpretation of Dreams, one of 24 volumes of work by Sigmund Freud. In the 3 paragraphs of summary Kick devoted to Dreams, he referred to Freud with phrases "...a vicious person...a myth...a misogynist...flat out lied about his track record...bullied his patients" and so on. Out of the hundreds of articles and books on Sigmund Freud, Kick picked one - let me repeat, one -- Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend (Viking, 1998). With a title like that, it doesn't take much guess work to know which direction the book is going.
Freud has always had detractors as well as advocates. He has always been controversial, legends usually are. But there is something naïve and shockingly irresponsible about what Kick does. Of course Kick isn't alone in this type of Shoot-from-the-Hip thinking. Nowadays we seem to talk and write in absolute terms. One only has to listen and look at today's media to see this sort of black and white thinking. We have lost our shades of gray. We like to vilify in clear, crisp ways. And Kick is just one of many who are guilty of this.
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