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Book Title: The Absolute Sandman

Author: Gaiman

Book Description:

 It was not so long ago that comic books or graphic novels were not considered “literature”, before Maus by Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991.  Even then a special prize category was created for the book.  The comic book industry has long awarded its best selling books, but that shows popularity perhaps more than literary merit.  Comic books and graphic novels have the potential to be combination of words and images that is greater than the sum of its parts. This book is a great literary work and one of the favorite comics of my life.  The Sandman comic book series began in January 1989 and ran for 75 issues (until 1996) and this volume contains the first 20 issues including issue #19, the award winning short fiction “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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