I’m a English Literature graduate and as much as I love contemporary and varied books, I have a special place in my heart for the classics, especially Austen and the Brontë sisters.
I’m slowly collecting my favourite Coralie Bickford-Smith Penguin Classics and I can’t get over how beautiful and unique they are.
My latest addition is The Picture of Dorian Grey and I love the black depth of the cover against the silvery white delicate feathers, very reminiscent of the darkness of Dorian’s vain wish contrasted with the fragility of morality.
These new designs give the classics a new lease of life and re-engage readers with their enduring stories. I think giving them a new look and such beautiful, intricate designs really helps to maintain the place of the classics within literature which is hugely important with the decline of the arts and arts degree courses.