Several weeks ago I wrote about book covers, and that although we all know that what counts is what lies between them, we often can’t help but to feel the pull of a beautiful, unusual, or otherwise aesthetically interesting cover. There are, at least for me, some books whose covers I so enjoy looking at, that I let them sit on my coffee table for months on end for the sheer pleasure of having them there.
A few days ago I read this article on Huffington Post Books, about several new series of paperbacks from Penguin Books (already well-known for their covers and wonderfully orange spines), Melville House, Vintage Classics, and Visual Editions. Each of these collections are not only visually arresting in their own right, but also include pretty interesting literary selections. For example, the Melville House collection, titled “The Art of the Novella,” includes shorter, lesser-known novels by famous authors. My inner collector (no, not hoarder), now wants to go out and get every last book in this Pantone-inspired collection of classics, which includes titles such as Mary Shelley’s Mathilda, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Eternal Husband, and Marcel Proust’s The Lemoine Affair, among 42 others. I think Santa is going to have to bring me a few of these this year.
Here are some of the collections. Maybe they’ll end up on your holiday list, too.
Penguin Books (Penguin Threads)
Penguin Books (Penguin Ink)
Melville House, “The Art of the Novella”