These New Editions of Wuthering Heights and A Tale of Two Cities Are Absolutely Gorgeous (And Moving Fast)

Thomas Nelson/Amazon
Thomas Nelson/Amazon

Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities have impacted countless readers around the world for more than a century, but publisher Thomas Nelson is still finding new ways to appreciate the classics. These two classic novels recently got a winter-themed makeover for the company's "Seasons Edition" collection, and both are currently available on Amazon for $19. There's a catch, though: supplies of both Wuthering Heights and A Tale of Two Cities are limited, and once they're gone, they're gone for good.

A limited-edition of A Tale of Two Citiese
Thomas Nelson/Amazon

Both titles feature a white laser-cut book jacket, created by award-winning designer Kate Armstrong, that is meant to “[invoke] the mood of the season.” The books' exteriors also feature gold-foil stamped text, and when you open the sewn-bound copy, you’ll find white pages with an “accent color” for chapter titles and a decorative border around the title page. And in keeping with the winter theme, each novel has colorful “tip-in” sheets with quotes about the snowy season.

Only 10,000 of these limited editions were made, and each one is numbered. Pride and Prejudice and Little Women were part of the winter series as well, but they’ve already sold out. According to Amazon, there are less than 4000 copies left of A Tale of Two Cities and less than 2000 copies left of Wuthering Heights.

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Patrick Stewart Is Reading a Different Shakespeare Sonnet Live Every Day

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Jack Taylor/Stringer/Getty Images

While they're stuck inside during the novel coronavirus pandemic, some celebrities are connecting with fans through reading. Sir Patrick Stewart has joined the trend, and as Lithub reports, the classically trained actor is bringing a Shakespearean twist to his virtual live-reads.

Since March 22, Stewart has been a reciting a sonnet a day for his Instagram followers. He started with William Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, and after receiving such a positive response, he vowed to continuing reading through the Bard's body of 14-lined poems.

"When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn't much) and as she put it in front of me she would say: 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away,'" he wrote in one video caption. "How about, 'A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away'?"

In addition to Sonnet 116, the Star Trek and X-Men actor has read through sonnets 1 through 17 of Shakespeare's 154. After they're broadcast over his IGTV feed, each reading is available on his Instagram profile.

The internet is currently rife with celebrity readings to suit every literary taste. Dolly Parton has been reading children's bedtime stories every Thursday night, while LeVar Burton is hosting readings three times a week for kids, teenagers, and adults. Here are more virtual ways to stay entertained in quarantine.

[h/t Lithub]

Take a Look: LeVar Burton Will Livestream Readings on Twitter

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Jesse Grant/Stringer/Getty Images

LeVar Burton has been fostering a love of books in readers since the 1980s. Now, the former Star Trek star and Reading Rainbow host is taking his popular podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, to Twitter.

As engadget reports, Burton will livestream readings for various age groups from his Twitter page starting April 3. Fridays are for adults, and he's kicking off the series today at 9 p.m. EST with a selection from author Neil Gaiman.

On Mondays at 12 p.m. EST, Burton will channel his Reading Rainbow days with a selection from a children's book. And on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. EST, he'll host readings for preteens, teens, and young adults.

The success of LeVar Burton Reads from Stitcher proves that the entertainment personality's soothing voice doesn't just appeal to kids. Adults who grew up with Reading Rainbow and new fans have tuned into his podcast to hear his relaxing narrations. And with schools closed around the country, younger generations of readers at home will now have the chance to listen to him for the first time.

Whether you're tuning in for your kids or for yourself, you can catch Burton's literary livestreams on his Twitter page throughout the week. In between readings, check out these other online activities to stay busy at home.

[h/t engadget]