They are from a company called Pulp! The Classics. The artwork is by an artist called David Mann, and the book design by Elsa Mathern. I just love what they’ve created together – it’s so silly and fun, and makes such a change to what we normally think of when we think of “The Classics”. If judging a book by its cover was your thing, I think these would definitely make you want to pick them up and look inside.
On the Waterstone’s website here you can read David Mann’s comments on each of his covers. Apparently, the body of Marilyn on the cover of Tess of the D’Urbervilles was based on his wife, and he’d originally wanted to use a poodle on the his cover of Hound of the Baskervilles, but they instead settled on a Chihuahua. Oh, and Ryan Gosling was a specific request from the publishers. An eye on the market, or just a big fan in the publishing house, who knows.
Keep an eye out for these in your local bookshop – they’d make a great Christmas gift for any avid readers – or Gosling fans! – in your life.
Today’s quote is from Italo Calvino in The Uses of Literature.