Classics Reimagined is a library of stunning collector’s editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors. Watch the video above to flip through the volumes, or read on below.
Frankenstein was released in early 2018 to celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s original version. This edition is illustrated with 100 dark and evocative images by American artist David Plunkert and includes an 8 page vellum insert detailing the doctor’s designs and a gatefold image of the monster. It has lovely endpapers too, but unlike the others in the series, this one doesn’t have the printed book block due to issues with ink seepage during production.
► Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, illus David Plunkert
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Edgar Allen Poe’s Poems and Stories is also illustrated by Plunkert, whose spooky and surreal interpretations work well here too. This collection contains 12 classic stories and 12 poems, but the font is particularly small, which might be an issue for some.
The Wizard of Oz is illustrated by Italian artist Olimpia Zagnoli. Her modern style makes use of only black, white, gold and emerald green for the illustrations, and much is conveyed through the use of simple shapes and repeated patterns.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales illustrated by French artist Yann Legrendre are the graphic versions, where Cinderella’s sisters cut off their toes to fit into the slipper, which I thoroughly prefer. The cover is nicely debossed; however, I do take exception to the location of that apostrophe in the title, since there were two Grimm brothers.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is colourfully illustrated by German artist Sophia Martineck. More than 100 illustrations grace the book, which contains 12 mysteries.
Alice in Wonderland was released to celebrate the book’s 150th anniversary and is fancifully illustrated by American artist Andrea D’Aquino. The illustrations are a mix of watercolour and collage, with the Mad Tea Party literally using tea-stained paper.
And last for the Jane Austen lovers, we have a very colourful edition of Pride and Prejudice, illustrated by British artist Alice Pattullo in a delightfully romantic folkloric style.