Finally, These Classic Novels Get the Book Covers They Deserve

All the more reason to read up.

By Kelli Fitzpatrick
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    Dracula by Bram Stoker

    Designer Norman Conquest flipped the two As to imitate the fangs on this book cover for the 1897 Gothic horror novel, as part of the Recovering the Classics campaign. Buy it here.

    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    An artist who goes by "MrFurious" designed around the story's most important symbol—the A in the title—in this take on Hawthorne's 1850 magnum opus. for the Recovering the Classics campaign. Buy it here.

    1984 by George Orwell

    This 1949 Orwell title, reimagined by designer David Pearson, borrows from the novel's Ministry of Truth and its efforts to rewrite history. Buy it here.

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    For this 1953 tale about book burning, Elizabeth Perez's clever concept design for the Austin Creative Department features a removable matchstick in place of the number one, with special binding to underscore just how flammable books are.

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    With two symbols—one serious, one lighthearted—artist Paul Boardman sums up the 1960 classic novel with its twinned themes of crime and innocence. This book cover is for sale as a poster through UNESCO's DoeDeMee project to raise awareness of illiteracy. Buy it here.

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

    Iconic scenes from the 1964 children's classic add color while summarizing the story in this redesigned book cover by Ivan Brunetti. Buy it here.

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    This book cover was reimagined by designer Ionnis Fetanis as part of the Creative Action Network's Recovering the Classics project, a crowdsourced collection of original book covers for 50 timeless titles. Buy it here.

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