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THE SCOOP FROM BRAD & LISSA
Literary classics, by definition, never get stale. Their characters, stories, and messages endure for generations, even centuries, in part because of their constancy. But what about the books’ covers? They haven’t changed much either—at least not until now.
In a beautiful merger of old and new, the covers of dozens of
literary masterpieces have been re-imagined and given a facelift thanks
to a new project called “Recovering the Classics.” Through a
partnership between DailyLit and the Creative Action Network, artists
from around the world have designed several hundred new covers for
dozens of literary masterpieces. The results are innovative, bold, and
evocative, with each cover conveying in newly-imagined ways the mood,
tone, and style of the works inside.
Politics & Prose is excited to participate in Recovering the Classics by offering customers an assortment of 30 classical titles, including Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, Dracula, and Swann’s Way, to name a few. Each title has one or more new covers to choose among, with a selection now on display in the fiction room. Customers can pick from the existing display or peruse a folder showing samples of other covers available for each work. If you choose from the folder, we can print your book on our print-on-demand machine, nicknamed Opus. The edition will even say “Edition printed at Politics & Prose.” Also available are posters and postcards of the covers. You can see a list of titles here.
The idea for Recovering the Classics originated with DailyLit, a platform that delivers great fiction in short installments. DailyLit imagined literary classics with new covers, and reached out to the Creative Action Network, which tapped into its worldwide community of artists to generate original covers for 50 titles. The crowd-sourcing effort drew entries from across the globe, connecting people in far-flung locales and from vastly different cultures who shared a passion for literary classics. Once the covers were designed, our friends at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA, joined the partnership and began selling the books. And now we’ve followed suit.
The Recovering the Classics series of books, postcards, posters, and e-books will be available through Politics & Prose for six months. Customers can purchase any classic title from this series for $15. A five-postcard pack is $9, which includes a coupon for one free e-book title from the collection. Purchase of two Recovering the Classics titles printed on Opus entitles a customer to a postcard pack for $4.
We hope you’ll enjoy seeing first-hand the creative energy and love of literature that went into making Recovering the Classics an exciting program. It’s a wonderful example of preserving the past and seizing the present all at once.
--Brad and Lissa