Restless Classics

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.

 

Reviews

“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.”  

Engineering & Technology Magazine

 

Restless Classics Volume One: Don Quixote

RESTLESS CLASSICS VOLUME Two: Frankenstein

RESTLESS CLASSICS VOLUME THREE: THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK

RESTLESS CLASSICS VOLUME Four: Robinson crusoe

 

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. 

 

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