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Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Penguin Classics launched a redesigned Pelican Shakespeare series, reminding consumers of Shakespeare’s enduring appeal. For the books’ covers, illustrator Manuja Waldia created bold, illustrations that engage meaningfully with the plays’ themes and motifs. Each cover incorporates imagery central to its play, on a black background to highlight its tragic nature: white lines in King Lear riff on rain and tears, Macbeth’s cover contains blood and crowns, and the center of Romeo and Juliet’s illustration features two interlocking coffins. Redesigned editions of the Pelican Shakespeare series will be released over the next several years, continuing with two of Shakespeare’s comedies—Twelfth Night and Midsummer Night’s Dream—featuring Waldia’s graphic illustrations on white backgrounds. 

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