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Beautifully designed classics editions are a dime a dozen, but it’s rare to find a publisher that presents classic literature in a way that is truly new and unique. Pulp! The Classics repackages the same old wonderful stories in penny dreadful style. The result is a delightfully kitsch novelty item with some real intellectual meat on its bones.
Each Pulp! The Classics volume features a sensationalized caricature of the main character (or characters) based on a celebrity portrait. For example, Colin Firth appears on the cover of Pride and Prejudice in his role as Mr. Darcy, ciggy dangling seductively from his lips and looking for all the world like a renegade heartbreaker. (Actually, come to think of it, there is a lot of smoking in general on these covers.)
Books in the Pulp! The Classics series range in price from $8 to $14. Their construction matches the quality of a mass market paperback, so you’re paying a premium for the novelty of the design.Pulp! The Classics Are Clever + Colorful Novelty Editions (A Photographic Review)Click To Tweet
Are they worth it? Absolutely! I’ve collected a handful and change of these little volumes and I love them. I don’t actually read from these editions. (They’d probably fall apart after a handful of reads anyway.) I just love the covers and sensationalized synopses on the back. And I would definitely pull them out at a party or book club just to show off.
What do you think of Pulp! The Classics? Which classics editions are your favorite?