Many a year ago when I was an undergraduate at William and Mary, a favorite professor, Scott Donaldson, used to frequently refer to his "hall of shame." On this mental list were books he should have read but never had or, even better in the minds of many a young student, claimed to have read but had not. The campus bookstore contained oodles of these volumes published by Penguin, Norton, and Oxford University Press. Nothing sexy about the presentation of any of the works, but the editions did scream, "Take me seriously oh ye person of substance!" If book jackets were clothes, think ill-fitting garb in neutral colors coupled with orthopedic shoes.
Well banish the arch supports and bring on the Jimmy Choos. Oxford University Press has re-issued its Oxford World's Classics line supported by a great new website and flashy new logo (see above). Don't skip the witty and fun "What Character Are You" quiz (I am apparently Emma from the same-named Austen novel). Better yet, trip off to the book store and pick up a few of these lovelys. There is still time this summer to cross a few items off that "Hall of Shame" list.