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Ruben Toledo Creates New Covers for Classics

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Penguin Books unveiled new covers for three of their classic pieces of literature on August 25 to coincide with New York Fashion Week: Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter.

Toldeo's covers for The Scarlet Letter, Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights

They are available at the University Bookstore! I read about them in Vogue and The New Yorker a few months ago, but as is usually the case with designer specials, I didn’t think Missouri, much less Columbia, would get access to them. Until I saw them in the “Classics” section while perusing the fiction at the MU bookstore.


The brooding Heathcliff

Toledo is known for his whimsical drawings which can be seen in Nordstrom’s national designer ad campaign as well as The New Yorker, Vogue, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview. His wife, fashion designer Isabel Toledo, designed the dress First Lady Michelle Obama wore at her husband’s inauguration in January. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City had an exhibition back in 2000 called “Toledo/Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion” that showcased his artwork and her designs.

The covers are fantastic, and even though I read all three books years ago, they made me want to read them over again (and I did). The New York Times called his Lizzy Bennet on the cover of Pride and Prejudice “a Regency gossip girl and Darcy as her Mr. Big in knee breeches”.

Check out the covers at the MU bookstore in the Classics section.


Written by Nancy Stiles

November 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm

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