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    Pulp! The Classics: Tess of the D’Ubervilles (detail)

Sexy, punning, gloriously pulpy revamps of literary classics

Posted by Anna Trench,

Oldcastle Books has repackaged classics of the canon as racy pulp fiction. The garish colours, faux-tattered paper, dangling cigarettes and smouldering stares add up to an excellent imitation of the covers that sold popular, naughty novels of the 1950s and 60s.

But sexy as these pulped classics are, the winning ingredient is the tagline puns. Cheap in a literary way, and (sort of) rewarding prior reading, you can’t fault the fun here. Slutty Tess is “No Angel…”, while with Gatsby flagged by babes, we’re reminded that “When it came to loving… He knew which Daisy to pick!” Pride and Prejudice simply cautions readers: “Lock up your daughters… Darcy’s in Town!” You can’t call the book dead when it gets your heart pulsating like this.

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    Pulp! The Classics: The Great Gatsby

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    Pulp! The Classics: Tess of the D’Ubervilles

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    Pulp! The Classics: Robinson Crusoe

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    Pulp! The Classics: Pride and Prejudice

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    Pulp! The Classics: Hound of the Baskervilles


Posted by Anna Trench

Anna is a writer and illustrator who joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Cambridge University and Falmouth university. She wrote for the site between January and March 2013.