Sunday, January 29, 2012

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Sorry that I haven't been posting. I make this solemn apology to both my blog and myself. But with January returns all my anxieties related to school, work and volunteering. Little time and little sleep.

Anyway, I wanted to take some time aside to mention something that I find completely wonderful and exciting. Barnes and Noble are releasing a bunch of classic books and even some more recent works in hardcover editions and let me tell you...they're beautiful.

I first found out about this when my mother pulled me along to the bookstore before Christmas so she could figure out what to get me (apparently, I am hard to shop for)and we stumbled upon this big baby (literally larger than a brick). I already own Jane Eyre but it's a ratty old copy that's torn in places and cost me 50 cents at the library.

It's sitting right in front of me on my desk as I write this and it fills me with suo much joy. Not only because Jane Eyre is one of my favorite stories but also because having it in hardcover and with this design gives it an old vintage quality (even though it's clearly printed in 2011) that I adore. A vintage quality that doesn't involve me putting on a corset.

There are also editions that are a collection of a bunch of stories from a specific author like this one by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring all the stories in his Sherlock Holmes series. Quite neat and handy. I'd hate to have all his adventures in separate tiny novels. Compilations are a wonderful thing!

Single novels in the Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics series:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Scarlet Letter by by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Arabian Nights by Richard Francis Burton (Translator)
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Children's Classics:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Other Novels by Mark Twain
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
Peter Pan by by J. M. Barrie
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories by Lewis Carroll

Other compilations:
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Divine Comedy by Dante
American Gods/Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury
Jurassic Park/The Lost World by Michael Crichton
Ernest Hemingway: Four Novels by Ernest Hemingway
H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction by H.P/ Lovecraft
Jules Verne: Seven Novels by Jules Verne
H.G. Wells: Seven Novels by H.G. Wells
Jane Austen: Seven Novels by Jane Austen
Charles Dickens: Five Novels
by Charles Dickens
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm
Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

I got Jane Eyre for about $20 but they will vary in price so be prepared for that. Other than that, I hope this post gets someone interested and that they'll check out these classics because they're all very good novels.

(title quote from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey)

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