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The Penguin Classics Book is a reader's companion to the largest library of classic literature in the world.

Spanning 4,000 years from the legends of Ancient Mesopotamia to the poetry of the First World War, with Greek tragedies, Icelandic sagas, Japanese epics and much more in between, it encompasses 500 authors and 1,200 books, bringing these to life with lively descripti
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Particular Books
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Andrew
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an impressive book for several reasons. The book is huge at nearly 460 pages of high quality heavy paper the binding is a cloth bound hard cover with sumptuously illustrated pages of classic Penguin books.

The book itself has a wealth of information in it - from the history of Penguin publishing to lesser know facts such as the explaining of the ISBN number system and how it breaks down in to individual packets of information about the book to the explanation of the original book cover c
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Eleanor
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hygge-tomes
I bought this for myself as a celebratory present after the US midterm elections, which doesn't make a lot of sense because it's not like I was singlehandedly responsible for the midterm results, but there you go. It's a handsome, heavy, clothbound compendium of (and companion to) the Penguin Classics imprint, beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout and including little essays and text boxes about the imprint's early days. E.V. Rieu (whose translation of The Odyssey was the fi ...more
Sophie Crane
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-libraries
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 Conquest 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”* (L78/9, 1958), are impregnated with the whiff of Tilley lamp oil ...more
Robert
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I first engaged with the Penguin Classics imprint in the second half of my teens when I started reading Thomas Hardy, as a result of an English lesson that used a passage from The Woodlanders, describing fallen leaves - thanks, Mr. Bray! (He was one of those teachers who was better the more enthusiasm or talent you displayed - no good for the recalcitrant or below average.) Anyway, I was delighted one day when I saw a flimsy paperback that turned out to be a catalogue for the series, including t ...more
Emma
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this one. I highly recommend it to classic book lovers.
Louise Bentley
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like a massive catalogue of amazing 📚
Neil
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a book lover and a collection development librarian, I found it fun and useful to browse through this and make notes about classics that might have fallen out of my library's collection. While there could be a lot more depth (and more information about some of the best titles), this is a real testament to the breadth of work covered by Penguin Classics over the years. Fans of cover art will also find this intriguing. ...more
John Isles
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I grew up with Penguin Classics, especially the Greek and Latin ones, but the series and its offshoots has grown to include all the world's great literature. Here we have a complete listing of every one of the volumes, with a description of each and a reproduction of at least one version of its cover, accompanied by frequent amusing anecdotes, and attractively hardbound. Well done! ...more
Graham Smith
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So far I've only had chance to read a few pages of this amazing book. I've flipped through a few pages detailing my favourite books and authors, but wow already a 5*+ book in my eyes. Love it! ...more
John
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Books about books is one of my favorite genres. And this is a master class. The quote on the book says it all.

“There are a good many books, are there not, my boy?” said Mr. Brownlow, observing the curiosity with which Oliver surveyed the shelves that reached from the floor to the ceiling.

“A great number, sir,” replied Oliver; “I never saw so many.”

“You shall read them if you behave well,” said the old gentleman kindly; “and you will like that, better than looking at the outsides, - that is, in s
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William
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Penguin classics represent the flower of British studies. This book catalogues the immense treasury of titles in the series. A must for book lovers.
Shallowreader VaVeros
Great read. Interesting that Australasia merits only one page despite the considerable influence of Richard Lane.
Laila Bvlgari
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Penguin Classics is the best book for those who are new into learning English and looking for easy uncomplicated English Reading Challenge .
L A
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a book about books and it is AMAZING ...more
Laila Bvlgari
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Penguin Classics is the best book for those who are new into learning English and looking for easy uncomplicated English Reading Challenge .
Antara
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a most ardent lover of classics ;)
And so, this book was like opening a treasure chest and picking gems from all corners of the globe - I will be revisiting this miscellany often.
Fkupfer Kupfer
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful.
Amanda
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"This book is intended as a reader’s companion to the best books ever written. It is a book of suggestions and recommendations, drawing connections across the history of world literature, which will hopefully reacquaint you with old friends, introduce you to new titles, and suggest ways to map your future reading. It is also a celebration of an abiding series of books, which began more than seventy years ago and has grown incrementally and idiosyncratically ever since."

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