In 1946, Penguin published a translation of Homer’s Odyssey which became the first title in what is now an iconic collection of literature: Penguin Classics. Comprising well over a thousand titles, the collection includes exemplary writing from all over the world, dating as far back as Homer’s epic from eighth-century BC to startlingly contemporary novels.
From this vast array, we have struggled to select a few titles, but these 18 represent a handful of our favourites. Starting with Homer’s Odyssey (already mentioned), we include Tolstoy’s unparalleled depiction of warfare in War & Peace, Melville’s revenge tale Moby Dick and D.H. Lawrence’s ground-breaking Lady Chatterley’s Lover. In between are the delicate but insightful observations of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, alongside diversely compelling monsters depicted by Oscar Wilde and Mary Shelley.
If a Martian arrived in the Cotswolds needing an insight into humanity, or if someone was starting a library from scratch, this would be a good place to start.
These beautiful hardback editions are printed on high quality paper; they are clothbound and lovely to handle... and keep.
Format: Hardback, cloth cover, heavy cream paper, coloured end papers, ribbon page marker
Dimension: H:20.3cm, W:13.7cm, D:varies according to number of pages