The Reading Room recently posted an article about a crowdsourced initiative to design new covers for classic literature.
Recovering the Classics‘ goal is to provide covers for books in the public domain that have generic, computer generated covers. It is an interesting issue in and of itself, but their project got me thinking about how even the editions of classics you can buy in stores don’t always have the most interesting covers. They often have covers that are overly formal and scream ‘boring old literature’. Which is sad because the reason they are classics is because they are universal and are not bound by time or place and they deserve covers that give them modern appeal and don’t relegate them to the world of academic study.
These are some of my favourites: