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Saturday, November 28, 2020

From dream to reality

Yes, Virginia, the 2020 edition of the Junior Classics is real at last. While we normally don't bother printing samples before we ship orders to backers or flip the switch to activate release into the distribution channel, the large number of moving parts involved plus the sheer volume of books to be shipped inspired us to take an uncharacteristically safe approach to the process. Fortunately, our caution turned out to be unnecessary, which is why we have today begun placing the first orders to ship out the initial three volumes to the original backers of the project.

We are very appreciative of the incredible support that made it possible to turn this dream into reality, and also of the patience that allowed the production team to ensure that the project was done right.

The 2020 Edition of the Junior Classics features dozens of stories, even more classic illustrations, and the original artwork of Arkhaven's Lacey Fairchild, and we are confident that this edition will come to be considered the definitive edition.

From the Preface to the 2020 Edition

For more than one hundred years the Junior Classics have been one of the great resources for teaching children to love reading and providing them with a lifelong taste for the Western literary canon.  These handsome books, containing short stories and selections from classic Western literature, have been passed down through the generations in many families, introducing boys and girls to Aesop, Homer, Bulfinch, and Virgil, and to Cervantes, Dickens, Poe, and Twain.

Wrapping time-honored tales in bright-colored covers, the Junior Classics proved irresistible to young readers over the years, reaching their aesthetic peak with the 1958 edition. Unfortunately, it was also then that the intellectual rot began, leading to the eventual demise of the series. A comparison with the 1918 edition reveals a methodical excision of the elements of Christianity and Americana that established the Junior Classics so firmly among God-fearing American families in the early part of the 20th Century. This process of secularization and intellectual enervation culminated in the 1992 edition, a literary abomination that further eviscerated the content and lowered the reading level to that of the barely literate. The title of the first volume, Let’s Read Together, amply demonstrates how a set of books intended to be read by children to inspire in them a love for quality literature devolved into books meant to be read to children to indoctrinate them.

Having witnessed the effect of the traditional Junior Classics on the reading habits of our own children, and observing the lengths to which homeschooling parents were willing to go to obtain the older books, we launched a crowdfunding campaign for the creation of a new edition of the Junior Classics, one that recaptures the spirit and purpose of the original.

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43 Comments:

Blogger D E K November 28, 2020 11:03 AM  

Looking forward to the ebook version and to the second printed edition if chidren would become reality.

Blogger tuberman November 28, 2020 11:06 AM  

Very nice.

Blogger Filter Bear November 28, 2020 11:11 AM  

So hyped to read them, thank you for opening up the preorders at Arkhaven.

Anonymous Anonymous November 28, 2020 11:29 AM  

Fabulous achievement and absolute negation of the secular narrative that people won’t pay for quality.

Blogger Bill Henry November 28, 2020 11:30 AM  

Congrats Vox... Well done..

Blogger Reluctant Bear November 28, 2020 11:36 AM  

Beautiful work. Thank you for all the efforts that have gone into this project. I am highly anticipating receiving my copies.

Blogger Grey Carter November 28, 2020 11:39 AM  

A great Christmas present.

Blogger Avalanche November 28, 2020 11:41 AM  

I'm thrilled to see the first three Classics soon-to-come. I'm also DREADING their arrival! I'm currently blowing off paying work, housework, and even sleep to read John C. Wright's "Count to One Trillion."

Escapism, especially escapism into the marvelous books Vox Day has published and/or recommended, is a great way to help keep down the stress of the election... It may ADD to the stress of 'getting things done,' but I'll deal with it later. Back to my book!

Blogger JB 14 November 28, 2020 11:48 AM  

A beautiful product and a victory for the preservation of Western Civilization. The SDL's vision is long, indeed.

Blogger Don November 28, 2020 11:50 AM  

I am grateful that you decided to reopen preorders! My 14 and 16 year old will read them now and my 1 and 2 year old will be reading them in a few short years.

Blogger pFo Dynamite November 28, 2020 11:51 AM  

Best investment for a growing Family.

Blogger JamesB.BKK November 28, 2020 11:54 AM  

Congratulations.

Blogger Billy November 28, 2020 12:14 PM  

It is inspiring to watch y’all commit to GB&T projects, complete them and exceed expectations.

Blogger lynnjynh9315 November 28, 2020 12:15 PM  

Those look gorgeous. Very happy I backed these.

Blogger IncoherentM November 28, 2020 12:16 PM  

They look fantastic. Castalia should be proud.

Blogger Ska_Boss November 28, 2020 12:18 PM  

Looks good, can't wait until they arrive!

Blogger Rex Leroy King November 28, 2020 12:23 PM  

Remember, the regular version of the Junior Classics will be for sale as long as we exist. It's only for this first special edition that we have a time limit. The only difference is in the logo on the back and the language on the title page; we wished to thank our backers.

You can see the special language here.

Blogger Gareth November 28, 2020 12:34 PM  

Hi vox. I’ve just visited castalia house and arkhaven sites and searched for them. It’s quite possible I’m going to reveal myself as having two left thumbs here but I couldn’t find them. Are they available to purchase and if so, where? Many thanks.

Blogger Steve Samson November 28, 2020 12:36 PM  

Wow. Beautiful. Wish I had been able to afford to back them, but incredibly gladdened to see it come to fruition. Well done all concerned, great work.

Blogger Steve Samson November 28, 2020 12:37 PM  

Will they be for sale separately? Or just as a set.

Blogger James Jones November 28, 2020 12:38 PM  

They are beautiful. So sorry I'm behind the curve with these. Did I hear correctly? Are these coming out in eBook format?

Blogger sammibandit November 28, 2020 12:52 PM  

I'm so excited. They look great.
I didn't get a Christian education, which has hampered my appreciation of literature and history as an adolescent and in uni. Thanks for doing this so my children won't have the lack of experience I did.

Blogger Beau November 28, 2020 12:58 PM  

I showed the photo of the first three volumes to my father-in-law who is 90 years old. His reaction was the "Oh yeah!" of a remembered familiarity. Now he also is looking forward to reading the Junior Classics when they arrive. They were purchased for our visiting grand children but it raises a smile that great grand-dad will enjoy then too.

Blogger MichaelJMaier November 28, 2020 1:21 PM  

Is there information on the two different sizes of leather-bounds? Actual dimensions and pricing?

Blogger Rex Leroy King November 28, 2020 1:37 PM  

Steve Samson wrote:Will they be for sale separately? Or just as a set.

They will be available individually, if for no other reason that we expect families will wear out some volumes sooner than others.

Blogger Moor November 28, 2020 1:58 PM  

We just ordered our set yesterday and I'm very much looking forward to reading these stories to my son. Thanks for all you're doing, VD.

Blogger Karen took the Kids November 28, 2020 2:15 PM  

Excellent. Can't wait to see these in front of me. Again, well done to everyone involved in making this a reality and the fellow backers.

Blogger Mauldication Bear November 28, 2020 2:21 PM  

I can't wait to get my hands on them!

Blogger VD November 28, 2020 2:38 PM  

There is only one size for leatherbound. We haven't decided that yet, because we have far more options due to an entirely different print process.

Blogger Steve Samson November 28, 2020 3:07 PM  

They will be available individually, if for no other reason that we expect families will wear out some volumes sooner than others

Fantastic, a little more affordable that way.

Blogger Newscaper312 November 28, 2020 3:19 PM  

@Beau,
Born in 65 as youngest of three, I grew up with what I assume was the 1958 set. I think we were missing one volume.
I will def be reading these myself.
I paid for 2 sets of the ebooks, for me and 22yo single son. May have to take plunge $$-wise for a hardcover set for his future family.

Blogger MichaelJMaier November 28, 2020 4:31 PM  

sorry, I meant the two sizes of hardcovers, not leather. Referred to in Latin or Italian on the CH page?

Blogger Ahărôwn November 28, 2020 5:29 PM  

Looking forward to them!

Blogger Avo November 28, 2020 5:42 PM  

Beautiful! Can't wait to receive my order and read to my kids.

Blogger Klobster November 28, 2020 6:02 PM  

Just bought mine last night. Thanks a lot!

Blogger CM November 28, 2020 6:07 PM  

I am grateful that you decided to reopen preorders! My 14 and 16 year old will read them now and my 1 and 2 year old will be reading them in a few short years.

Is there a link to pre-order?

Blogger Doktor Jeep November 28, 2020 7:59 PM  

Good. A forward that explains the mission.
The milquetoast "it's all about reading! Tee hee" is what allowed to for to happen in the first place. If there is anything we can learn from these times, it's that anything less than seeking truth, justice, and beauty will become corrupted garbage if given enough time. It took the enemy from 1918 to 1992 and they fucking did it on purpose.
Or to put it another way, if we don't armor everything against them... or ((them)) perhaps, they will brain virus and skinsuit it.

This news makes me feel good.

Blogger BCJ8147 November 28, 2020 10:58 PM  

Ordered tonight! I hope this counts as early enough for the "original backer" version.

I've got three kids 7, 4 and 1. I'm sure they'll greatly appreciate it. Thanks very much for your vision, I'm looking forward to it!

Blogger Boaty Bear November 29, 2020 2:15 AM  

Have gotta get my retail therapy from somewhere, might as well be here.
Looking forward to reading them to Boaty Bear Jr soon.

Blogger Tim Bushong November 29, 2020 1:48 PM  

That is just awesome!

Blogger spacehabitats November 30, 2020 3:33 AM  

I remember reading and being read to from our family's set in the 1950's. This was a priceless experience that left me with an inindelibe love for reading and for our literary heritage.

Blogger ThomasM December 09, 2020 9:36 AM  

How does one obtain these?

Blogger tdcommenter December 24, 2020 3:56 PM  

Received the first three volumes on 12/23. They look great.

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