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Photos: Classic Book Covers Reimagined

"The Scarlet Letter" illustrated by Mr. Furious. (Courtesy)


Many of literature’s greatest classics, now in the public domain, have been left with mundane covers that fail to bring to life the stories that have stuck with us over the years.

Creative Action Network’s Recovering the Classics campaign aims to change that. Along with DailyLit, Creative Action Network is crowdsourcing new cover art for 50 literary masterpieces.

“At a time when battles over copyright are raging, the value of the public domain is clear,” the organization wrote in a statement. “We believe that projects like this are an important part of keeping our creative heritage fresh and vibrant.”

"The Scarlet Letter" illustrated by Mr. Furious. (Courtesy)"The Brothers Karamazov" illustrated by Roberlan Borges. (Courtesy)"Little Women" illustrated by Lia Marcoux. (Courtesy)"The Jungle Book" illustrated by Jeff Walters. (Courtesy)"Frankenstein" illustrated by Elena Ospina. (Courtesy)"Robinson Crusoe" illustrated by JD Reeves. (Courtesy)"Dubliners" illustrated by Devin Watson. (Courtesy)"Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde" illustrated by Mr. Furious. (Courtesy)"Don Quixote" illustrated by Wedha Abdul Rasyid. (Courtesy)

Over 30 artists have already designed 58 different covers, and you can contribute your own design here. Artists receive 40 percent of all revenue from the sale of ebooks or print editions — which are made available via Harvard Book store’s “book-making robot.” (And if you’ve never seen the Paige M. Gutenborg in action, check out this video.)


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