Ok first off there’s only 2 classics. Secondly, don’t think it’s going to become the norm by any stretch of the imagination. It’s not that I don’t enjoy classics, they’re just a bit denser and take a bit longer to read and absorb. I threw caution to the wind today when I spotted these gorgeous Penguin Classics Deluxe editions of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I also picked up The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler.
A few months ago I received The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (the Penguin threads edition) and I really enjoyed it. Recently I received my second Penguin threads, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and I think I am going to love it too. I already know I love the cover. There something special about finding the perfect cover for classic literature.
What do you think about these covers?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Rubén Toledo (Illustrator). Paperback, Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, 339 pages.
Published November 5th, 2009 by Penguin Classics (first published 1813).
ISBN 0143105426 (ISBN13: 9780143105428).
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip, and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. (Goodreads)
Rubén Toledo (Illustrator). Paperback, Deluxe Edition, 344 pages
Published August 25th, 2009 by Penguin Classics (first published December 1847).
ISBN 0143105434 (ISBN13: 9780143105435).
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr. Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley, and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights. Returning years later as a wealthy and polished man, he proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.
The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature. (Goodreads)