In May, the UK’s Fourth Estate and William Collins will launch a new list of redesigned modern classics. The publishers describe Collins Modern Classics as “a paperback library of literature featuring some of the most significant books of recent times.” The first eight titles in the series are All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, No Logo by Naomi Klein, Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, Wild Swans by Jung Chang and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.
But of course, a new collection of modern classic needs a new design aesthetic, and this group of covers, which were designed by Deputy Art Director Jo Thomson, is a bright, boisterous delight. Yes, this probably means you’re going to have to buy second copies of all of these books. Sorry!
“Our first series of titles is comprised of books that have profoundly affected those of us who have published them and many millions of readers around the world,” the publisher told The Bookseller. “Here are novels about race, plague, adolescent love and goodness against all odds; and works of non-fiction about three generations of a Chinese family, a portrait of a marriage in the shadow of grief, a call to arms about consumer capitalism, and what the mysterious octopus tells us about the workings of our own mind.” I dig it.