My Dickens and Dostoevsky Bantam Classics

The Bantam and Signet go side by side.  Bantam is the classics paperback side of Random House just like Signet covers that for Penguin.  They are owned by two of the largest publishers and they publish many of the same books.  They are possibly the two best ways to get large library of classics in paperback.  They look great, they hold up well and they are a great bargain.

Bantam hasn’t been doing this as long as Signet – Signet, after all, has been around for decades, and I am not doing a whole history of Bantam.  These classics are the ones that began to be published around about 1981.  There were earlier Bantam Classics, but they seem to have set aside a large group of ISBN’s beginning in 1981 and they began to make them more uniform.  For a long time, they were all one solid color along the side – the Dostoevksy’s in the picture are a good example of what I love about them.  They also standardized the font on the front and spine, so they all look good together on the shelf.

There is just something about Bantam I prefer over the Signet.  I think it is that standardization.  I love how nice they all look on a shelf together.

I am not going to list full ISBN’s for every title, nor am I going to link to all of them at the Booksmith or Powell’s.  There are just too damn many.  But, I took so long on this one because I wanted to get it right.  I have gone through all the ISBN numbers anywhere in the area, and these are the Bantam Classics.  You won’t find every catalog number in the group because there appear to be about 30 ISBN’s that they never assigned, plus, they used 11 of them for the Anne of Green Gables books, which aren’t part of the classics.

Here is the key, if you want to find a specific one of these: put 0553 in front of the catalog number.  Then go here and it will explain how you can find out what the check digit is.  That is how I found out what goes with every number.

The Anthologies / Multiple-Author / Anonymous Books:

  • Beowulf  (21109  /  21347)
  • The Bhagavad Gita  (21210  /  21365)
  • Early African-American Classics  (21379)
  • The Federalist Papers  (21072  /  21222  /  21267  /  21340)
  • Four Great American Classics  (21205  /  21362)
  • Greek Drama  (21095  /  21151  /  21221)
  • Selected African-American Writing from 1760 – 1910  (21435)
  • Six Major Tragedies  (21364)
  • Three Classics by American Women  (21382)

One Title and That’s All You Get:

  • Aeschylus  –  Orestia  (21070)
  • Sherwood Anderson  –  Winesburg, Ohio  (21439)
  • Honore de Balzac  –  Eugenie Grandet  (21429)
  • J.M. Barrie  –  Peter Pan  (21178)
  • L. Frank Baum  –  The Wizard of Oz  (21384)
  • Edward Bellamy  –  Looking Backward  (21111)
  • Frances Burney  –  Evelina  (21411)
  • Colette  –  La Vagabonde  (21423)
  • Charles Darwin  –  The Origin of Species  (21463)
  • John Dos Passos  –  Three Soldiers  (21456)
  • W.B. DuBois  –  The Souls of the Black Folk  (21336)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson  –  Selected Essays  (21388)
  • Henry Fielding  –  Tom Jones  (21457)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald  –  This Side of Paradise  (21453)
  • Ford Maddox Ford  –  The Good Soldier  (21395)
  • Benjamin Franklin  –  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Other Writings  (21075)
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman  –  The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings  (21375)
  • O. Henry  –  Collected Stories  (21396)
  • Homer  –  The Odyssey  (21399)
  • Sarah Orne Jewett  –  The Country Doctor and Other Stories  (21498)
  • Helen Keller  –  The Story of My Life  (21387)
  • Pierre Choderlos de Laclos  –  Les Liaisons Dangerouses  (21372)
  • Gaston Leroux  –  The Phantom of the Opera  (21376)
  • C.S. Lewis  –  The Screwtape Letters  (21443)
  • Abraham Lincoln  –  The Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln  (21407)
  • Thomas Mann  –  Death in Venice  (21333)
  • Karl Marx  –  The Communist Manifesto  (21406)
  • Guy de Maupassant  –  Pierre and Jean and Selected Stories  (21431)
  • John Stuart Mill  –  On Liberty and Utilitarianism  (21414)
  • R.K. Narayan  –  Gods, Demons and Others  (21240)
  • Evelyn Nesbit  –  Railway Children  (21415)
  • Eugene O’Neill  –  Beyond the Horizon and Emperor Jones  (21452)
  • Baroness de Orczy  –  The Scarlet Pimpernel  (21402)
  • Thomas Paine  –  Common Sense  (21465)
  • Plautus  –  Three Comedies  (21169)
  • John Reed  –  Ten Days That Shook the World  (21268)
  • Marquis de Sade  –  Crimes of Love  (21424)
  • Olive Schreiner  –  The Story of an African  (21412)
  • Walter Scott  –  Ivanhoe  (21326)
  • Gertrude Stein  –  Three Lives  (21410)
  • William Thackerey  –  Vanity Fair  (21462)
  • Alexis de Toqueville  –  Democracy in America  (21464)
  • Anthony Trollope  –  Barchester Towers & The Warden  (21181)
  • Virgil  –  The Aeneid  (21041)
  • Walt Whitman  –  Leaves of Grass  (21116)
  • Virginia Woolf  –  The Voyage Out  (21394)
  • Johann David Wyss  –  Swiss Family Robinson  (21403)
  • Emile Zola  –  Nana  (21440)

notes:  This Side of Paradise must have a different publishing agreement than the rest of Fitzgerald, because it also appears in the Modern Library Classics, while no other Fitzgerald work seems to appear outside of Scribner’s.  I’m not sure why they did The Odyssey and not The Illiad.

You Only Get One Title, But We’ll Release It Multiple Times:

note:  For a long time, Bantam used to re-release titles, sometimes as many as five times and give it a new cover and a new ISBN.  They no longer do that.  What might be more annoying is that now they give it a new cover but keep the same ISBN.  So, all the current Bantam Classics (certainly every one we have at the Booksmith) is still in this same range of catalog numbers, but many of them have new covers.  Random House does that with their Vintage books as well, meaning if you are searching for a particular cover, be careful, because the ISBN might match multiple covers.

2:

  • Geoffrey Chaucer  –  The Canterbury Tales  (21013  /  21082)
  • Goethe  –  Faust  (21182  /  21348)
  • Edgar Allen Poe  –  The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories  (21065  /  21228)
  • Oscar Wilde  –  The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings  (21096  /  21254)

3:

  • Emily Bronte  –  Wuthering Heights  (21021  /  21141  /  21258)
  • Lewis Carroll  –  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass  (21052  /  21173  /  21345)
  • Gustave Flaubert  –  Madame Bovary  (21033  /  21101  /  21341)
  • Kenneth Grahame  –  The Wind in the Willows  (21074  /  21129  /  21368)
  • Victor Hugo  –  The Hunchback of Notre Dame  (21032  /  21224  /  21370)
  • Plato  –  The Dialogues of Plato  (21170  /  21327  /  21371)
  • Edmund Rostand  –  Cyrano de Bergerac  (21030  /  21118  /  21360)
  • Sophocles  –  Complete Plays  (21076  /  21279  /  21354)
  • Bram Stoker  –  Dracula  (21047  /  21148  /  21271)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe  –  Uncle Tom’s Cabin  (21055  /  21119  /  21218)
  • Henry David Thoreau  –  Walden and Other Writings  (21012  /  21139  /  21246)
  • Ivan Turgenev  –  Fathers and Sons  (21036  /  21089  /  21259)

note:  I don’t know why they did three versions of Hunchback but not one of Les Miserables.  They also never released a version of War and Peace.

4:

  • Aristophanes  –  Complete Plays  (21064  /  21164  /  21261  /  21343)
  • Euripides  –  Ten Plays  (21060  /  21160  /  21219  /  21363)
  • Henrik Ibsen  –  Four Great Plays  (21040  /  21165  /  21280  /  21447)
  • Franz Kafka  –  The Metamorphosis  (21042  /  21183  /  21196  /  21369)
  • Machiavelli  –  The Prince  (21029  /  21179  /  21227  /  21278)
  • Voltaire  –  Candide  (21028  /  21092  /  21125  /  21166)

5:

  • Jonathan Swift  –  Gulliver’s Travels  (21014  /  21107  /  21157  /  21184  /  21232)

my Bantam Classics - lined up by Catalog #, because, well, because I'm a freak

2 Titles, But 1 Release of Each:

  • Arthur Conan Doyle  –
    • Sherlock Holmes Volume I  (21241)
    • Sherlock Holmes Volume II  (21242)
    • note:  You can get both volumes together in a box, but the box has an ISBN that is a different range of catalog numbers
  • The Brothers Grimm  –
    • The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Volume I  (21238)
    • The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Volume II  (21251)
  • James Joyce  –
    • Dubliners  (21380)
    • A Portrait of the Artists as a Young Man  (21404)
  • W. Somerset Maugham  –
    • The Moon and Sixpence  (21441)
    • Of Human Bondage  (21392)
  • Stendahl  –
    • The Charterhouse of Parma  (21389)
    • The Red and the Black  (21357)
  • Booth Tarkington  –
    • Alice Adams  (21459)
    • The Magnificent Ambersons  (21430)

note:  The two Joyce books are probably the Bantam Classics I’ve had the longest.  I bought them both for AP English in 1991.

2 Titles, and, hey, we’ll maybe release them multiple times:

  • Charlotte Bronte  –
    • Jane Eyre  (21020  /  21140)
    • Villette  (21243)
  • Wilkie Collins  –
    • The Moonstone  (21084  /  21156)
    • The Woman in White  (21186  /  21263)
  • Stephen Crane  –
    • Maggie: A Girl of the Streets  (21198  /  21312  /  21355)
    • The Red Badge of Courage  (21011)
  • Daniel DeFoe  –
    • Moll Flanders  (21328)
    • Robinson Crusoe  (21062  /  21105  /  21373)
  • Theodore Dreiser  –
    • Jennie Gerhardt  (21425)
    • Sister Carrie  (21058  /  21264  /  21374)
  • Herman Melville  –
    • Billy Budd  (21008  /  21094  /  21274)
    • Moby Dick  (21007  /  21311)
  • Mary Shelley  –
    • Frankenstein  (21044  /  21172  /  21247)
    • The Last Man  (21436)
  • Upton Sinclair  –
    • The Jungle  (21056  /  21245)
    • King Coal  (21433)
  • Leo Tolstoy  –
    • Anna Karenina  (21034  /  21171  /  21346)
    • The Death of Ivan Ilyich  (21035)

2 Titles and we’ll go crazy re-issuing them:

  • Kate Chopin  –
    • The Awakening  (21057  /  21114  /  21132  /  21167  /  21194  /  21330)
    • A Matter of Prejudice and Other Stories  (21405)
  • Alexandre Dumas  –
    • The Count of Monte Cristo  (21031  /  21112  /  21130  /  21187  /  21230  /  21350)
    • The Three Musketeers  (21147  /  21217  /  21237  /  21337)

note:  Beware of The Count of Monte Cristo.  It’s abridged.

More than 2 Titles, But Still Just One Release Each:

  • Frances Hodgson Burnett  –
    • Little Lord Fauntleroy  (21202)
    • A Little Princess  (21203)
    • The Secret Garden  (21201)
  • Willa Cather  –
    • My Antonia  (21418
    • O Pioneers  (21358)
    • Song of the Lark  (21391)
  • E.M. Forster  –
    • Howards End  (21208)
    • The Longest Journey  (21455)
    • A Room with a View  (21446)
    • Where Angels Fear to Tread  (21446)
  • Henry James  –
    • The Bostonians  (21153)
    • The Portrait of a Lady  (21127)
    • The Turn of the Screw  (21059)
  • George Bernard Shaw  –
    • Arms and the Man  (21421)
    • Heartbreak House & Misalliance  (21442)
    • Pygmalion and Major Barbara  (21408)

note:  Could they not get the rights to publish A Passage to India?

Lots of Titles, Lots of Releases:

  • Louisa May Alcott –
    • Jo’s Boys  (21449)
    • Little Women  (21115  /  21275)
    • Modern Mephistopheles  (21266)
  • Anton Chekhov  –
    • The Doctor’s Visit: Short Stories  (21322)
    • Five Major Plays  (21073  /  21174  /  21211)
    • Uncle Vanya and Other Plays  (21427)
  • Joseph Conrad  –
    • Chance  (21177)
    • Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer  (21026  /  21088  /  21214)
    • Lord Jim  (21027  /  21361)
    • Nostromo  (21359)
    • The Secret Agent  (21134)
  • James Fenimore Cooper  –
    • The Deerslayer  (21085)
    • The Last of the Mohicans  (21054  /  21103  /  21329)
    • The Pioneers  (21417)
  • Dante  –
    • Inferno  (21069  /  21339)
    • Paradiso  (21204)
    • Purgatorio  (21133  /  21344)
  • George Eliot  –
    • Middlemarch  (21180)
    • The Mill on the Floss  (21319)
    • Silas Marner  (21048  /  21229)
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne  –
    • The Blithedale Romance  (21209)
    • The House of the Seven Gables  (21010  /  21206  /  21270)
    • The Scarlet Letter  (21009)
  • Rudyard Kipling  –
    • Captains Courageous  (21077  /  21190)
    • The Jungle Book  (21199)
    • Kim  (21117  /  21332)
  • an example of the changing covers - notice the different styles for Sons and Lovers and Babbit

    D.H. Lawrence  –

    • Lady Chatterly’s Lover  (21097  /  21149  /  21262  /  21272)
    • The Lost Girl  (21448)
    • The Rainbow  (21390)
    • Sons and Lovers  (21192)
    • Women in Love  (21454)
  • Jack London  –
    • The Call of the Wild & White Fang  (21005  /  21185  /  21233)
    • Martin Eden  (21212)
    • The Sea Wolf  (21006  /  21161  /  21225)
    • To Build a Fire and Other Stories  (21213  /  21335)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson  –
    • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  (21045  /  21087  /  21200  /  21277)
    • Kidnapped  (21067  /  21260)
    • Treasure Island  (21046  /  21099  /  21249)
  • H.G. Wells  –
    • The Invisible Man  (21124  /  21207  /  21253  /  21353)
    • The Island of Dr. Moreau  (21432)
    • The Time Machine  (21155  /  21239  /  21325  /  21351)
  • Edith Wharton  –
    • The Age of Innocence  (21450)
    • The Custom of the Country  (21393  /  21398)
    • Ethan Frome  (21255)
    • The House of Mirth  (21138  /  21248  /  21320)
    • Summer  (21422)

The Heavy Hitters:

  • Jane Austen  (6 titles, 13 releases)
    • Emma  (21019  /  21159  /  21273)
    • Mansfield Park  (21121  /  21276)
    • Northanger Abbey  (21197)
    • Persuasion  (21137)
    • Pride and Prejudice  (21018  /  21154  /  21215  /  21310)
    • Sense and Sensibility  (21110  /  21334)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky  (5 titles, 13 releases)
    • The Brothers Karamazov  (21037  /  21163  /  21216)
    • Crime and Punishment  (21038  /  21093  /  21175)
    • The Eternal Husband and Other Stories  (21444)
    • The Idiot  (21039  /  21136  /  21352)
    • Notes from Underground  (21043  /  21120  /  21144)
  • Thomas Hardy  (5 titles, 15 releases)
    • Far from the Madding Crowd  (21066  /  21131  /  21257  /  21331)
    • Jude the Obscure  (21023  /  21152  /  21191)
    • The Mayor of Casterbridge  (21024)
    • The Return of the Native  (21025  /  21080  /  21269)
    • Tess of the D’Urbervilles  (21022  /  21061  /  21104  /  21168)
  • Jules Verne  (5 titles, 10 releases)
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea  (21063  /  21135  /  21188  /  21252)
    • Around the World in 80 Days  (21145  /  21324  /  21356)
    • From the Earth to the Moon  (21420)
    • Journey to the Center of the Earth  (21397)
    • The Mysterious Island  (21434)

the Bantam Dickens shelf at the New England Mobile Book Fair

The Biggest Guns:

  • Charles Dickens  (10 titles, 21 releases)
    • A Christmas Carol and Other Victorian Tales  (21126  /  21244)
    • Bleak House  (21108  /  21193  /  21223)
    • David Copperfield  (21051  /  21189)
    • Great Expectations  (21015  /  21113  /  21234  /  21342)
    • Hard Times  (21016)
    • Nicholas Nickleby  (21086  /  21265)
    • Oliver Twist  (21050  /  21102)
    • Our Mutual Friend  (21386)
    • The Pickwick Papers  (21123)
    • A Tale of Two Cities  (21017  /  21106  /  21176)
  • Mark Twain  (7 titles, 20 releases)
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  (21000  /  21079  /  21226)
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  (21001  /  21128)
    • The Complete Short Stories  (21053  /  21162  /  21195)
    • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court  (21091  /  21143)
    • Life on the Mississippi  (21002  /  21081  /  21142  /  21349)
    • The Prince and the Pauper  (21090  /  21150  /  21256)
    • Pudd’nhead Wilson  (21004  /  21100  /  21158)

the current run of Bantam Shakespeare on the shelf at the New England Mobile Book Fair

Shakespeare:

Unlike what they did with other authors, they went through the Shakespeare canon just once, but they managed to pretty much cover everything.

  • Four Comedies:  Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night  (21281)
  • Three Early Comedies:  Love’s Labour’s Lost, Two Gentleman of Verona and The Merry Wives of Windsor  (21282)
  • Four Tragedies:  Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth  (21283)
  • Three Classical Tragedies  (21284)
  • Henry VI: Parts One, Two and Three  (21285)
  • King John and Henry VIII  (21286)
  • Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida and All’s Well That Ends Well  (21287)
  • Late Romances  (21288)
  • Antony and Cleopatra  (21289)
  • As You Like It  (21290)
  • The Comedy of Errors  (21291)
  • Hamlet  (21292)
  • Henry IV: Part One  (21293)
  • Henry IV: Part Two  (21294)
  • Henry V  (21295)
  • Julius Caesar  (21296)
  • King Lear  (21297)
  • Macbeth  (21298)
  • The Merchant of Venice  (21299)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (21300)
  • Much Ado About Nothing  (21301)
  • Othello  (21302)
  • Richard II  (21303)
  • Richard III  (21304)
  • Romeo and Juliet  (21305)
  • The Taming of the Shrew  (21306)
  • The Tempest  (21307)
  • Twelfth Night  (21308)
  • The Poems  (21309)
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