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The Pelican Shakespeare Series

Featuring Manuja Waldia's Illustrations

INDIANAPOLIS-BASED illustrator and graphic designer was commissioned by Penguin creative director Paul Buckley to create 40 pieces of work for the new-look Pelican Shakespeare series.

The first four paperback editions – of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear – are published in the US this week, with further titles expected to appear in July. This year is the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

For each volume, Waldia’s detailed work picks out the theme of the play and intertwines symbolic elements from the plot into a single illustration. Based on the few images of the series that have been released so far, Shakespeare’s tragedies appear to feature a black background, while comedies make use of white.

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Waldia’s detailed work picks out the theme of the play and intertwines symbolic elements from the plot into a single illustration