The Canterbury Tales
By Seymour Chwast
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781608194872, 144pp.)
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
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Accompany a band of merry medieval pilgrims as they make their way-on motorcycles, of course-to Canterbury. Meeting at the Tabard Inn, the travelers, including a battle-worn knight, a sweetly pretentious prioress, the bawdy Wife of Bath, and an emaciated scholar-clerk, come up with a plan to pass time on the journey to Thomas à Becket's shrine by telling stories. The twenty-four tales, which range from high romance set in ancient Greece to low comedy in contemporary England, are adapted into graphic novel form by Seymour Chwast-a pitch-perfect transposition of Chaucer's pointed satire. Chwast's illustrations relate tales of trust and treachery, of piety and bawdiness, in an engaging style that will appeal to those who have enjoyed The Canterbury Tales for years, and those for whom this is a first, delectable introduction.
Praise for Dante's Divine Comedy:
"With all due respect to Dante, this is Chwast's Divine Comedy…[Chwast] makes the Divine Comedy irresistibly comic and inspirationally transcendent."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"With his signature mix of humor, artistry, and high-level design, [Chwast] conveys a breathtaking amount of information in clear black and white line drawings…Chwast does a stunning job of telling Dante's story in his own brilliant style."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A clever reimagining of a classic…The lamentations of the damned were never so much fun." -Entertainment Weekly
"Diabolically witty, devilishly expressive cartoon drawings…An accessible introduction to The Divine Comedy-a sort of high-end, WHAM-POW Cliff's Notes…Fiendishly entertaining."-NPR.org
Seymour Chwast was born in New York City and is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where he studied illustration and graphic design. He is a founding partner of the celebrated Push Pin Studios, whose distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. In 1985 the studio's name was changed to the Pushpin Group, of which Mr. Chwast is the director. He is the author of the graphic adaptation Dante's Divine Comedy. His website is www.pushpininc.com.