The Classics Get a Facelift

I know. You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I can't help it! In my last post, I even fell in love with a lovely leather cover that doesn't have a real book inside...that's a first! 

As an English major and lover of well-written words, I've read plenty of good books with bad covers. Just think of The Classics: timeless stories and masterfully written, but the covers...barely smiling Victorian women with half-open eyes in the form of poorly reproduced oil paintings? No thank you. 

Which one would you be more inclined to take home and read?

Same novel, same great author, same publisher even. But this time...book cover bliss! Penguin Classics nailed it with these graphically appealing covers, and cloth covers at that! Ahhh...the feel of a cloth cover! Beats those high-tech readers any day!

I knew Jane Austen's novels had serious potential with all of their romance and feminine appeal, but who knew Great Expectations could be so attractive? Love the chandelier design! And leave it to Anthropolgie to add that extra something special...a simple piece of string and felt for easy gift-giving (I snapped this photo in December, so that's a snowflake, but you could do the same with a cupcake or heart-shape).

Even as an English major, I managed to avoid Jane Eyre until five or six years ago. It just never "looked" good. Bad name, bad cover art. It wasn't until I found a sweet little cloth-covered version (before these new Penguin ones were released) that I decided to read it. Talk about an incredible portrait of Gospel love (a love far greater than anything we ever dared to imagine)! I think I'll add the new Penguin Classic to my collection and read it again!

If you'd like to learn more about the inspiration behind these new cover designs, hop on over to design*sponge for an interview with the designer.

My Granny read Pride and Prejudice annually (with a boring ol' cover). I love re-reading it and thinking of her, and if she were still alive, I'd give her this one:

How about you...which is your favorite Classic? Or which one would you most like to read now that they look so good?


  1. these books are beautiful! jane eyre, persuasion, pride and prejudice, wuthering heights -- love the classics!

  2. I have so often bought a book (and wine) just because I like the cover (label). Sometimes it's a lucky purchase; other times not, but I'll likely go on judging a book by its cover.

  3. It's funny that you avoided Jane Eyre. It's my favorite.

  4. I know, Tina, a real shame that I didn't read it sooner. The most boring title ever, so I just never imagined it would be so incredibly rich and wonderful. It's now up there with P&P for me. Love it!


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