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Adapted Classics

Adapted Classics, an imprint of ArtWrite Productions, was founded on the belief that many classic stories, some of them obscure, would attract young readers if they were fitted with illustrations and if the prose were made a tad more accessible.

Adapted Classics aims to introduce modern, young readers to classic stories through pen & ink illustrations and text specifically tailored to them. We seek to honor classic authors by creating faithful adaptations of their wonderful stories and sharing them with a whole new generation of readers. We are confident that young readers will enjoy these stories as much as preceding generations have and still do. Adapted Classics provides young readers the perfect opportunity to dive into these timeless tales for the very first time.

Doctor Heidegger's Experiment

By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Illustrated by Marc Johnson-Pencook

Adapted by Jerome Tiller

Doctor Heidegger has invited four old friends to his study. He needs their help with an experiment. His friends presume the experiment will be nothing out of the ordinary. Perhaps they will inspect a cobweb under a microscope or witness the slow death of a mouse. But when Dr. Heidegger's guests gather around a small black table that holds a cut-glass vase, strange things begin to happen that will change their lives, or so it seems.

Enlivened and enriched by Marc Johnson-Pencook's amazing pen and ink illustrations, this adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic story will introduce middle readers to one of America's greatest authors.

Thou Art The Man

By Edgar Allan Poe
Illustrated by Marc Johnson-Pencook

Adapted by Jerome Tiller

Mr. Barnabas Shuttleworthy takes a short trip away from home. When his wounded horse returns home without him, townspeople gather en masse. They are alarmed over his disappearence and eager to do anything to find him. Mr. Shuttleworthy's friend, Charley Goodfellow, takes charge of matters and directs the search. No better person to lead a search than Charley, for he has the eye of a lynx. The search party finds many clues, but no Barnabas Shuttleworthy. Still, the clues do point to a likely suspect.

This somewhat obscure Edgar Alan Poe tale contains an ample amount of suspense and surprise, plus a satisfying dose of good, gallows humor. Add to these qualities the amazing pen and ink illustrations by Mr. Marc Johnson-Pencook, and you have a dynamic story for the ages. So come join the search for the man - the respectable Barnabas Shuttleworthy might just pop-up when and where you least expect to find him.

Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe

By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Illustrated by Marc Johnson-Pencook

Adapted by Jerome Tiller

Dominicus Pike can sure tell a story. And every day at every stop along his sales route he captivates listeners when he passes on the important news of the day. When Dominicus hears about a catastrophe that befalls the beloved and esteemed Mr. Higginbotham, he relays that startling news immediately. But something doesn't add up with his account when the details of the catastrophe emerge.

Was Dominicus relaying news or was he telling a tale? Find out when you read Nathanial Hawthorne's most charming story, with its many charms magnified via fabulous pen and ink drawings by Marc Johnson-Pencook. No lie - Marc can sure draw a story!

The Facts Concerning The Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut

By Mark Twain
Illustrated by Marc Johnson-Pencook

Adapted by Jerome Tiller

An unwelcome guest appears as Mark Twain is preparing to host his dear Aunt Mary's annual visit. Straightaway the guest begins exposing and attacking Mr. Twain's character. But Mr. Twain isn't about to put up with being shamed by the likes of this scaly intruder, so he enters what will become an all-out contest of wits and insults.

Follow the battle royal as it plays out and see it displayed in all its wild aspects through the wickedly original minds-eye of illustrator Marc Johnson-Pencook. You'll be glad you grabbed a front row seat.