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Publisher Comments:

From his early newspaper comics to the sophisticated graphic novels he produces today, Will Eisner has been a pioneering force in comics for more than sixty years. Ron Goulart, writing in Book World, declared, "A shrewd, thoughtful man, Eisner has always had a knack for deftly combining dialogue and images to tell his story," and fellow graphic novelist Alan Moore simply said, "Eisner is the single person most responsible for giving comics its BRAINS." And Amazon.com, which called him "the Elvis of comics," said, "It's fair to say that Eisner invented modern comic art."

In Fagin the Jew, Eisner proves himself to be not only a master of comic storytelling, but also an incisive literary and social critic. This project was first conceived as an introduction to a pictorial adaptation of Oliver Twist, but as he learned more about the history of Dickens-era Jewish life in London, Eisner uncovered intriguing material that led him to create this new work. In the course of his research, Eisner came to believe that Dickens had not intended to defame Jews in his famous depiction. By referring to Fagin as "the Jew" throughout the book, however, he had perpetuated the common prejudice; his fictional creation imbedded itself in the public's imagination as the classic profile of a Jew. In his award-winning style, Eisner recasts the notorious villain as a complex and troubled antihero and gives him the opportunity to tell his tale in his own words. Depicting Fagin's choices and actions within a historical context, Eisner captures the details of life in London's Ashkenazi community and brilliantly re-creates the social milieu of Dickensian England.

Eisner's fresh, compelling look at prejudice, poverty, and anti-Semitism lends an extraordinary richness to his artwork, ever evocative and complex. Like the modern classics Maus and The Jew of New York, Fagin the Jew blends image and prose in an unforgettable exploration of history.

Review:

"No one can convey a story through drawn body language like Eisner can..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This is a work not only for students wanting an alternative view of Oliver Twist, but also for those concerned with media influence on stereotypes and the history of immigration issues." School Library Journal

Review:

"Illustrated in the same masterly black-and-white style as the books in DC's 'Will Eisner Library,' this is strongly recommended for adults and teens." Library Journal

Review:

"In its revisionist view of a classic literary villain, this is the John Gardner Grendel of graphic novels." Booklist

Synopsis:

A master of the graphic novel brings new depth and insight to one of literature's most infamous characters, retelling the story of Oliver Twist from Fagin's perspective.

About the Author

Will Eisner is the author of many acclaimed graphic novels, including Last Day in Vietnam and Dropsie Avenue, and is the author of two definitive works on the creative process, Comics and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling. He has taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and every year presides over the Eisner Awards presented at Comic-Con International in San Diego. He lives in Tamarac, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385510097
Subtitle:
A Graphic Novel
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Eisner, Will
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Form - Cartoons & Comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 817
Publication Date:
20030916
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.22x7.38x.36 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 128 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385510097 Reviews:
"Review" by , "No one can convey a story through drawn body language like Eisner can..."
"Review" by , "This is a work not only for students wanting an alternative view of Oliver Twist, but also for those concerned with media influence on stereotypes and the history of immigration issues."
"Review" by , "Illustrated in the same masterly black-and-white style as the books in DC's 'Will Eisner Library,' this is strongly recommended for adults and teens."
"Review" by , "In its revisionist view of a classic literary villain, this is the John Gardner Grendel of graphic novels."
"Synopsis" by , A master of the graphic novel brings new depth and insight to one of literature's most infamous characters, retelling the story of Oliver Twist from Fagin's perspective.
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