Penguin Classics

Penguin Classics

Because What You Read Matters: Penguin Classics

For almost 70 years, Penguin has been the leading Classics publisher in the English-speaking world, providing readers with a global bookshelf of the best works from around the world and across history, genres, and disciplines. We focus on bringing together the best of the past and the future, using cutting edge design and production as well as embracing the digital age to create unforgettable editions of treasured literature. Penguin Classics is timeless and trend-setting. Whether you love our familiar black spine series, our Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions, or our Penguin Amplified eBook Classics, we bring the writer to the reader in every format available.

The Penguin Classics series comprises more than 1600 titles, making it the largest publisher of ancient and modern classic literature in the English-speaking world. The Classics list includes a vast array of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry based on definitive texts and introduced by experts, and many magnificent translations including Robert Fagles‘ translations of Homer and Virgil, Pevear and Volokhonsky‘s award-winning translation of Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina, Lydia Davis‘s monumental translations of Proust‘s Swann’s Way and Flaubert‘s Madame Bovary, Tiina Nunnally’s translation of Undset’s 3 volume epic Kristin Lavransdatter, Edith Grossman’s acclaimed translation of Gongora’s The Solitudes and most recently Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe’s translation of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s The Time Regulation Institute.

Penguin Classics is also the publisher of modern authors such as John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Arthur Miller, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Wallace Stegner, John O’Hara, Shirley Jackson, Dorothy Parker, Bruce Chatwin, Robertson Davies, Leslie Marmon Silko and Iris Murdoch. Included in the series are the Penguin Classics Portables and the Penguin Classics Deluxe editions including those featuring cover art by such renowned graphic artists and illustrators as Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Roz Chast, Frank Miller, Audrey Niffenegger, Tony Millionaire, Seth, Jillian Tamaki and Rachell Sumpter. Most recently, Penguin Classics published Penguin Drop Caps, an A-Z series of 26 collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring custom-lettered cover art by type designer Jessica Hische in a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin art director Paul Buckley.

The Penguin and Penguin Classics list continues to grow, to embrace new writers, and to keep in print the works of some of the world’s most important authors. Readers’ needs and tastes change, and the Penguin list has evolved to meet those changes for almost 80 years. With its familiar logo that stands for quality and distinction, the Penguin also represents what is fresh, contemporary and bestselling in paperbacks and eBooks.

Meet Penguin Classics

Elda Rotor

Elda Rotor

Associate Publisher and Editorial Director

Elda Rotor joined Penguin Classics as Executive Editor in 2006 and became Editorial Director in 2008. In 2011 she was also named Associate Publisher. Before Penguin, she was Senior Editor at Oxford University Press. She oversees the U.S. program for Penguin Classics. She created and edited several series, including Penguin Drop Caps, Penguin Horror, Penguin Civic Classics, Penguin Threads and the Couture Classics. Among the estates she has worked with are John Steinbeck, Dorothy Parker, and Shirley Jackson. The works she has edited include The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry edited by Rita Dove, The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution by Richard Beeman, The Inaugural Address by Barack Obama, Lincoln on the Civil War, and Titanic: First Accounts. She edited and produced the Penguin Classics app Poems by Heart, chosen by Apple as one of the Best Apps of 2013.

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May 22, 2014

Actor Chris O’Dowd, who is starring with James Franco in the current Broadway play based on John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men novel, recently took a “selfie” as he held the Penguin Classics Broadway tie-in edition of the book, then posted the photo on Instagram with the following comment: “I’m in the cover of one of my […]

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  The nearly 200 students and their teachers at the New York Theatre Workshop matinee of the critically praised production of Red-Eye to Havre de Grace were given copies of the Penguin Classics edition of The Portable Edgar Allan Poe this week. They are shown here holding up the book while saying, “Thank you, Penguin!”  Bryn Thorsson, Director of […]

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May 2, 2014

 “Steinbeck on Stage: The Grapes of Wrath at 75” was presented by the National Steinbeck Center in collaboration with the Smithsonian Associates at the Ring Auditorium at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. last Thursday (4/27) .  As part of the anniversary celebration, Penguin Classics Editorial Director Elda Rotor moderated a panel discussion that included […]

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