Monday, April 4, 2011

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Have you ever bought a book because of the cover? I'm sure you have.  We all have at some point or another.  I guess the people over at Penguin know that no one adheres to the old adage or they would not have had Ruben Toledo design the covers of some of the most well-loved classics.

I bought 3 of the Ruben Toledo designed Penguin Classic Deluxe Edition paperbacks early last year at one of my fave indie bookstores, The Other Tiger, but they actually came out in 2009.  Toledo's fashion illustrations have been seen in Vogue, Harpers' Bazaar, The New Yorker, Visionnaire, Paper, Interview and The New York Times.  The illustrations he did for the Penguin Classics are done in warercolor, pencil and ink, and they represent a beautiful marriage of fashion and literature. 

I had to bring these to the attention of anyone who loves these classics.  Even though I have other copies, I, of course, had to have these.  It seems there are 6 in total designed by Mr. Toledo and I want them all.  I have The Scarlet Letter, Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights, but there is also Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Jane Eyre!  Hmmm...I do have a birthday coming up...
My little babe is only 8 months now, but I like knowing that one day when she decides to read these classics, she'll have some pretty paperbacks to carry around.
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Who wouldn't love these inspired, beautiful representations of their favorite literary characters? You can check them out at,,Toledo,00.html?id=Toledo and search Ruben Toledo.
Better yet, ask your favorite independent bookseller for a copy.

1 comment:

  1. I have to say - I like that P&P cover. Totally gives it a chicklit feel!