New Encounters with Great Books and Inspiring Teachers
We're putting the class back in classics, enhancing the reading experience with beautiful design and online video content.
We all have “the list”: those classic books that we have the best intentions of reading, but which, after we graduate from school, become less urgent priorities. We've set out to address this problem with Restless Classics—a beautifully packaged, newly introduced and illustrated series of great books from the past that still speak to our time, our place, and, especially, our restlessness. In addition to their original artwork and fresh introductions, each Restless Classic brings the classroom experience to the reader with linked online teaching videos.
“Such a classic can also, by its very eminence, seem unapproachable and intimidating. If this describes your feeling, then this new edition published by Restless Books could be the one to change your mind.… This edition comes with some wonderful helps for you to begin to realize why Don Quixote has had such staying power. The story itself is actually very funny, full of biting wit, sarcasm and satire, with nothing left unskewered.… In addition to an extremely helpful new introduction by prominent Quixote scholar Ilan Stavans, Restless Books has also made several videos, available online, that are flagged in the text and that help explain the themes of the section; they also have an online book group that will have live participation and will then be archived for future reference. Another interesting element in this edition is the uncanny artwork by the artist Eko, which brilliantly fuses both ‘realities’ experienced by the characters.… Don Quixote of La Mancha well deserves its reputation and its pedestal, and will richly reward readers each time they visit it; this new edition, with its many helpful guides, is a wonderful gateway into the treasures of this classic text.”
—San Diego Book Review (Five-Star Review)
“Stunning original artwork by acclaimed Mexican artist Eko…. In her insightful introduction, Francine Prose paves the way into the depths of Mary Shelley’s original horror story, by recreating the journey which led to the birth of one of history’s greatest monsters…. The new anniversary edition of Frankenstein is a beautiful example of remaking a novel for the 21st century. While remaining true to the spirit of Frankenstein, this new edition strives to introduce the novel a general audience, with an intriguing new introduction, and stunning artworks that look as though they may have been torn from the dormitory walls of the true Victor Frankenstein.”
Restless Classics Volume One: Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes
Translated from the Spanish by John Ormsby
Introduction and Video Lecture Series by Ilan Stavans
Illustrations by Eko
Newly introduced by leading Quixote scholar Ilan Stavans, this 400th Anniversary edition of Don Quixote of La Mancha—called the most popular book in history after the Bible and the first modern novel—inaugurates Restless Classics: interactive encounters with great books and inspired teachers. Each Restless Classic is beautifully designed with original artwork, a new introduction for the trade audience, and an online video teaching series led by passionate experts.
Deluxe Paperback List Price: $22.99 • ISBN: 9781632060754 • Pub. 10/6/15 • 6" x 9" • 960 Pages • Fiction: Classics / Spanish Literature / Picaresque • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9781632060808
RESTLESS CLASSICS VOLUME Two: Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Introduction by Francine Prose
Illustrations by Eko
Video Lecture Series by Wendy Steiner
With a new introduction by Francine Prose and stunning original artwork by Eko, the Restless Classics edition of Frankenstein brings Mary Shelley’s paragon of horror vividly back to life—published to coincide with the two-hundredth anniversary of the infamous night of its creation.
Deluxe Paperback List Price: $19.99 • ISBN: 9781632060785 • Publication: 6/14/16 • 5.5” x 8.25” • 288 pages • Fiction: Classics / Gothic / Horror / Science Fiction / English Literature • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632060792
RESTLESS CLASSICS VOLUME THREE: THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK
By W. E. B. Du Bois
Introduction by Vann R. Newkirk II
Illustrations by Steve Prince
Restless Classics presents The Souls of Black Folk: W. E. B. Du Bois’s seminal work of sociology, with searing insights into our complex, corrosive relationship with race and the African-American consciousness. Reconsidered for the era of Obama, Trump, and Black Lives Matter, the new edition includes an incisive introduction from rising cultural critic Vann R. Newkirk II and stunning illustrations by the artist Steve Prince.
Paperback List Price: $19.99 • ISBN: 9781632060976 • Publication: 2/7/17 • 5.5” x 8.25” • 208 pages • Sociology: African-American Studies / Discrimination and Race Relations • Territory: World • Nonmerch ISBN: 9781632061461 • eBook ISBN: 9781632060983
RESTLESS CLASSICS VOLUME Four: Chekhov: stories for our time
By Anton Chekhov
Introduction by Boris Fishman
Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett
Illustrations by Matt McCann
The Restless Classics edition of Chekhov: Stories for Our Time presents a must-have collection by the great Russian author who captured humanity in all its complexity, and reintroduces Chekhov as a funny, playful, deeply human, and thoroughly modern writer.
Paperback List Price: $19.99 • ISBN: 9781632061805 • Publication: 6/26/2018 • 5.5” x 8.25” • 352 pages • Classics: Russian Literature / Short Stories • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9781632061812
How it Works
Each Restless Classic is beautifully designed with original artwork, a new introduction for a general audience, and an online video teaching series led by passionate experts. Once you have the book in hand, you'll see a set of instructions on the first page, which will show you how to find the corresponding videos.
Essence publishes Atlantic writer Vann R. Newkirk II's striking introduction to the Restless Classics edition of The Souls of Black Folk with the riveting illustrations of printmaker Steve Prince.
Stunningly illustrated by master printmaker Steve Prince, the Restless Classics' edition of The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois comes out in February, in time for Black History Month. Get a preview of Prince's linoleum cuts below, and preorder the book to reacquaint yourself with a seminal work on race in America.