Harper Muse Painted Classics
About the series
This is a limited edition collection of classic literature published by Harper Muse. Each hardback book features wraparound artwork painted by artist Laci Fowler on glossy, sculptured boards, with an interior treatment that includes full page decorative pull quotes. The books also come with a matching ribbon marker and gold sprayed page edges.
The series was originally marketed as the “pretty books” series but that was later changed to the more helpful “painted editions” moniker. As you will see in the video review, I think the books look and feel lovely, but I do have a small issue with the out-of-order placement of the quotes in some of the books.
From the look of the design, I would hazard a guess that this series was inspired by the success of the Seasons Classics, which also reproduce the classics with a distinctive cover design and have similar pull-out quotes throughout the text.
Cover Artist Laci Fowler
It’s nice to see the cover artist getting love and appreciation from the publisher – so often we are drawn to books because of their cover designs yet the details of the artists are often hidden in tiny print on copyright pages. Laci Fowler, a painter based in Nashville, Tennessee, is the artist behind the primarily landscape focussed covers for this series (check out her website and Instagram for more).
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Complete list of titles in the series
Series 1 (2022)
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
9781401604110. April 26, 2022.
Shattered by grief, the unstable Victor Frankenstein conducts a bizarre experiment, using electricity to shock inanimate matter and create an enormous man-like monster. Terrified by his own actions, Victor abandons his creation to the wilderness. Years later, the intelligent and hideous Creature finds his creator and demands his right to happiness.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
9781401603977, April 26, 2022.
Literature’s beloved private detective returns from the grave to crack thirteen absorbing cases with the assistance of John Watson, including The Adventure of the Empty House, The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez, and The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist.
Series 2 (2022)
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie
9780785294740. November 8, 2022.
When the family matriarch overseeing the beautiful mansion Styles Court is found poisoned, suspicion falls on the relatives who stand to benefit from her last will and testament, and beloved detective Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate.
❦ Read more about collecting Agatha Christie here…
Series 3 (2023)
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
9781400336159. Jul 4, 2023.
When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house with nearly one hundred rooms, she finds it full of secrets. Her uncle keeps himself locked up, and at night Mary hears the sound of crying echoing down one of the long corridors. The gardens surrounding the large property are her only escape. Then one day Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and a locked gate. With the help of two unexpected companions, Mary discovers a way in–and becomes determined to bring the garden back to life.
Winnie-the-Pooh and other Delightful Stories – A. A. Milne
9781400336135. Jul 4, 2023.
Winnie-the-Pooh and his irresistibly lovable friends–Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Baby Roo, and the eternal pessimist Eeyore–gently meander through Hundred Acre Wood with their favorite human Christopher Robin, embarking on whimsical adventures and solving hilarious dilemmas. Also includes additional stories from Milne’s collection A Gallery of Children, illustrated with pen-and-ink facsimiles of H. Willebeek le Mair’s original full-color artwork.