‘Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.’
Faber and Faber have just launched their very own series of modern classics, recontextualising their back catalogue and re-introducing us to the many gems from their illustrious exploits in publishing. Modern classics are a particularly interesting sort, a sort of exercise in clairvoyancy for shaping the ongoing cannon of literature. And indeed, for publishers with ever growing back catalogues, the modern classic is a fantastic way to ensure great stories continue to stand the test of time, alongside their established counterparts. So what makes a modern classic, both in terms of content and design?