The Classics: So Pop-Cult, So Proletarian

“Vintage, an imprint of Random House, are about to enter the ‘lucrative literary classics market’, republishing some of the greatest novels ever written with new ‘simple and approachable’ covers. In other words, The Devils may soon look no different from The Devil Wears Prada. This is an outrage. Without those reassuringly stern black bars that mark out a Penguin Classic, how is anyone to know I’m communing with a noble work of art, and not just the latest from Richard and Judy’s Book Club?”