I’m really excited to share with you my first post in my “Back to Classics” series, where I pick up and review five classics from a specific place on earth. This month is going to be devoted to English classics, and I am going to post three blog posts about what I have read.
This post and the next one are going to be a summary and some thoughts about the classics I’ve read. My third post will be a conclusion on these classics and will also go a bit deeper into some topics common to these books and why they are classics.
I’m really glad to start my new series, which is going to focus on beautiful/interesting book covers, with this post about Nineteen Eighty-Four by Gorge Orwell. There will be no big speech in these posts, I just want to share with you some covers that I find especially eye-catching. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a timeless classic and it has had myriads of fascinating covers throughout the decades, so I thought it would be the perfect subject for this first post.
Below is a selection of my favourite contemporary covers of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Do you guys have a favourite edition or book cover for this novel?
Here we are, it’s time for my first review, and I am proud to do it on a novel that most of you would not have read nor heard about, I presume: Stoner by John Williams.
This novel was originally published by Viking Press in 1965. Its author, John Williams, taught literature and creative writing at the University of Denver for thirty years (which may explain why this novel focuses so much on academic life at the university…) and has written two poetry collections and four novels. This novel was reissued in 2003 by New York Review Books Classics and, in 2011, it was translated into French by Anna Gavalda and published by the publishing house Le Dilettante. This is the version that I read.