Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year The Penguin Classics Book is a reader's companion to the largest library of classic literature in the worldSpanning 4000 years from the legends of Ancient Mesopotamia to the poetry of the First World War with Greek tragedies Icelandic sagas Japanese epics and muchin between it encompasses 500 authors and 1200 books bringing these to life with lively descriptions literary connections and beautiful cover designsShortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year The Penguin Classics Book is a reader's companion to the largest library of classic literature in the worldSpanning 4000 years from the legends of Ancient Mesopotamia to the poetry of the First World War with Greek tragedies Icelandic sagas Japanese epics and muchin between it encompasses 500 authors and 1200 books bringing these to life with lively descriptions literary connections and beautiful cover designsShortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year The Penguin Classics Book is a reader's companion to the largest library of classic literature in the worldSpanning 4000 years from the legends of Ancient Mesopotamia to the poetry of the First World War with Greek tragedies Icelandic sagas Japanese epics and muchin between it encompasses 500 authors and 1200 books bringing these to life with lively descriptions literary connections and beautiful cover designs


7 thoughts on “Penguin Classics

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    Standardwerk für jeden Buchliebhaber Schöne Aufmachung


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    For those who grew up with the distinctive colour coded covers and elegant roundels of E V Rieu’s early Penguin Classics Henry Eliot’s celebration of flightless bibliomania will evoke Proustian memories Caesar's “The Conuest of Gaul “L22 1951 decked in imperial purple will always be for me the crib smuggled into “Bolshie” Brown’s grim Latin lessons in Kirkcaldy High School; and the two volumes of “The Brothers Karamazov” L789 1958 are impregnated with the whiff of Tilley lamp oil spilled onto them during a family holiday in the Orkneys camping out in the empty Longhope manse on Hoy No illiterate Spellchecker I did not mean “Kalamazoo” Penguin Classics have undergone faster evolutionary changes than have the birds The first volume Rieu’s prose translation of Homer’s “Odyssey” provided for those with no Greek an entry to “the classics” highlights of Greek or Roman literature Their scope uickly extended to all European languages including the controversial Nevill Coghill translation of bawdy Chaucerian Middle English into 20th century ueen’s English Before the roundels and colour coding were abandoned the scope had already widened to include a few non European classics translated from Arabic Sanskrit and Chinese Transformative change started in 1963 with Germano Facetti’s introduction of uniform black spines and photographed artworks on the covers Then the category “classics” was reinterpreted to cover key works of the natural and social sciences as well as literature; and in all languages not just translations In principle this made the series global though the inclusion of English language classics gave the series a numerical bias towards Anglo Saxon attitudes However Eliot's arrangement of his guide to the entire series into chapters that group together works from specific historical periods andor different geographicalcultural areas has the huge advantage of revealing the gaps which remain to be filled The series now aspires to being a global library with this book as its richly illustrated catalogue By the time Penguin Books celebrate their centenary in 2035 we will be able to judge definitively whether this flightless bird has become our way to travel to all Earth's written cultures turning the Tower of Babel into a 21st century wonder the Library of Alexandria reborn The 2035 edition of this treasure trove will be an even fatter Penguin especially if it were also to cover those titles – not included here which already enjoy the status of Penguin Modern Classics or Puffin Classics


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    This is a really beautiful book I have been collecting Penguin classics for a long time and have a few of the original editions This is a wonderful survey of the books that have been published so far beautifully illustrated and described It has shown me what I have missed and what next I should buy I love browsing through it


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    A cloth bound hardback catalogue of Penguin Publishing's Classics series of booksThe many covers are reproduced A short blurb accompanies dates facts about the author etcA delight for us Penguin book lovers


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    Masterful compilation If you are interested in classics you might want to read this is a valuable book


  7. says:

    A really fascinating book It has so much information on Authors and the books they have written An ideal reference book to learn from and to try reading some different books you have never read before