"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" -Raymond Carver; Illustrations by Annie Mok
Appearing regularly in The New Yorker, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, Raymond Carver was one of the 1970s-1980s masters of the short story. He employed an extremely lean, spare style that hinted at more than it showed, and is often referred to as minimalism. His stories center around the sad, tragic lives of middle-class and working-poor characters. This particular illustration by Annie Mok features a quote from the original manuscript of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (originally titled “Beginners”) that was cut by Carver’s editor, Gordon Lish, in the published version.

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" -Raymond Carver; Illustrations by Annie Mok

Appearing regularly in The New YorkerEsquire, and Best American Short Stories, Raymond Carver was one of the 1970s-1980s masters of the short story. He employed an extremely lean, spare style that hinted at more than it showed, and is often referred to as minimalism. His stories center around the sad, tragic lives of middle-class and working-poor characters. This particular illustration by Annie Mok features a quote from the original manuscript of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (originally titled “Beginners”) that was cut by Carver’s editor, Gordon Lish, in the published version.

"Naked Lunch" - William S. Burroughs; Adaptation by Emelie Östergren
Emelie Östergren’s adaptation of this landmark novel is the one piece in the entire Graphic Canon that has led to nightmares. Emelie explains her piece as essentially a riff on the book, using some of its grotesque imagery rather than an adaptation of any one portion. She believes that Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch as a way to deal with his accidental killing of his wife, Joan — that in some way the entire book is filtered through her. He was trying to meet Joan again and finally he does in a way, becoming reborn through her. 

"Naked Lunch" - William S. Burroughs; Adaptation by Emelie Östergren

Emelie Östergren’s adaptation of this landmark novel is the one piece in the entire Graphic Canon that has led to nightmares. Emelie explains her piece as essentially a riff on the book, using some of its grotesque imagery rather than an adaptation of any one portion. She believes that Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch as a way to deal with his accidental killing of his wife, Joan — that in some way the entire book is filtered through her. He was trying to meet Joan again and finally he does in a way, becoming reborn through her. 

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" - L. Frank Baum; Photo-Dioramas by Graham Rawle
When first published in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a great success, with 90,000 copies in print within a year. In his artistic interpretation of the text, Graham Rawle erases from our minds the images Judy Garland & Company made famous by the 1939 MGM film adaptation, and replaces them with built dioramas. 

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" - L. Frank Baum; Photo-Dioramas by Graham Rawle

When first published in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a great success, with 90,000 copies in print within a year. In his artistic interpretation of the text, Graham Rawle erases from our minds the images Judy Garland & Company made famous by the 1939 MGM film adaptation, and replaces them with built dioramas. 

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"Infinite Jest" - David Foster Wallace; Illustrations by Benjamin Birdie
According to his 2008 obituary in the New York Times (after hanging himself), David Foster Wallace was “a versatile writer of seemingly bottomless energy…a maximalist, exhibiting in his work a huge, even manic curiosity—about the physical world, about the much larger universe of human feelings and bout the complexity of living in America at the end of the 20th century.” Wallace talked about fiction as being “nourishing, redemptive,” and that by reading it “we become less alone inside.”

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"Infinite Jest" - David Foster Wallace; Illustrations by Benjamin Birdie

According to his 2008 obituary in the New York Times (after hanging himself), David Foster Wallace was “a versatile writer of seemingly bottomless energy…a maximalist, exhibiting in his work a huge, even manic curiosity—about the physical world, about the much larger universe of human feelings and bout the complexity of living in America at the end of the 20th century.” Wallace talked about fiction as being “nourishing, redemptive,” and that by reading it “we become less alone inside.”

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"The Great Gatsby" - F. Scott Fitzgerald; Illustrations by Tara Seibel
F. Scott Fitzerald was an icon of the roaring twenties, and wrote books that define the era in our minds - Gatsbybeing the most famous of these. The novel takes place on Long Island, where a wealthy, mysterious man named Gatsby throws epic parties at his mansion in the hopes that the object of his affections, Daisy, will come around. The story is told through the voice of Daisy’s cousin and Gatsby’s next-door neighbor, Nick. In this exquisitely written, diamond-perfect book, everything flows seamlessly, not a word out of place, and so much more is hinted at than is ever revealed.

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"The Great Gatsby" - F. Scott Fitzgerald; Illustrations by Tara Seibel

F. Scott Fitzerald was an icon of the roaring twenties, and wrote books that define the era in our minds - Gatsbybeing the most famous of these. The novel takes place on Long Island, where a wealthy, mysterious man named Gatsby throws epic parties at his mansion in the hopes that the object of his affections, Daisy, will come around. The story is told through the voice of Daisy’s cousin and Gatsby’s next-door neighbor, Nick. In this exquisitely written, diamond-perfect book, everything flows seamlessly, not a word out of place, and so much more is hinted at than is ever revealed.

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"Lolita" -Vladimir Nabokov; Adaptation by Sally Madden
Vladimir Nabokov is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century literature, a Russian émigré who wrote his best work in his third language, English, and Lolita is consistently ranked as one of the greatest novels of the century. The story centers on Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor who is attracted to pubescent girls. He marries Charlotte Haze just to gain access to her twelve-year-old daughter, Dolores (a.k.a. Lolita), and when Charlotte gets run over by a car, Humbert takes Lolita on the road, molesting his stepdaughter in a series of hotels across the U.S. 

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"Lolita" -Vladimir Nabokov; Adaptation by Sally Madden

Vladimir Nabokov is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century literature, a Russian émigré who wrote his best work in his third language, English, and Lolita is consistently ranked as one of the greatest novels of the century. The story centers on Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor who is attracted to pubescent girls. He marries Charlotte Haze just to gain access to her twelve-year-old daughter, Dolores (a.k.a. Lolita), and when Charlotte gets run over by a car, Humbert takes Lolita on the road, molesting his stepdaughter in a series of hotels across the U.S. 

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"The Man with the Golden Arm" - Nelson Algren; Adaptation by Jeremy Eaton
Published in 1949 and one of the true masterpieces of postwar fiction, Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm won the very first National Book Award for Fiction in 1950. The novel takes place in Chicago, and follows Frankie Machine, a morphine addict trying to clean up his act. The novel resonates despair, but as writer Ross Macdonald said, “Nelson Algren could talk about hell in such a way that he touched heaven.”

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"The Man with the Golden Arm" - Nelson Algren; Adaptation by Jeremy Eaton

Published in 1949 and one of the true masterpieces of postwar fiction, Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm won the very first National Book Award for Fiction in 1950. The novel takes place in Chicago, and follows Frankie Machine, a morphine addict trying to clean up his act. The novel resonates despair, but as writer Ross Macdonald said, “Nelson Algren could talk about hell in such a way that he touched heaven.”

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"Animal Farm" -George Orwell; Photo-Dioramas by Laura Plansker
Soured on Stalin’s authoritarian communism, British journalist and writer Eric Blair (under his pen name, George Orwell) wrote an animal fable skewering the betrayal of Marxist ideals in the Soviet Union.

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"Animal Farm" -George Orwell; Photo-Dioramas by Laura Plansker

Soured on Stalin’s authoritarian communism, British journalist and writer Eric Blair (under his pen name, George Orwell) wrote an animal fable skewering the betrayal of Marxist ideals in the Soviet Union.

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"Dulce et Decorum Est" - Wilfred Owen; Adaptation by Jason Cobley
Wilfred Owen fought in World War I, and his poetry is widely regarded as the finest to have sprung from that maelstrom. In his work you will find no visions of grand heroics - just brutal reportage of young men sent into a slaughterhouse. In this poem, Owen casts a critical eye on the age-old mantra from Roman poet Horace - “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori,” meaning, “It is glorious and honorable to die for one’s country.”

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"Dulce et Decorum Est" - Wilfred Owen; Adaptation by Jason Cobley

Wilfred Owen fought in World War I, and his poetry is widely regarded as the finest to have sprung from that maelstrom. In his work you will find no visions of grand heroics - just brutal reportage of young men sent into a slaughterhouse. In this poem, Owen casts a critical eye on the age-old mantra from Roman poet Horace - “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori,” meaning, “It is glorious and honorable to die for one’s country.”

Graphic Canon, Vol. 3 on the New York Times Best Sellers List!

For the week of July 14, The Graphic Canon, Volume 3 debuted on the New York Times Paperback Graphic Books Best Sellers List at #4!

NYT writes that “this volume of the on-going series contains classic and modern world literature adapted by artists and illustrators.”

See the list for yourself!