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Classics Events


  • October 16, 8:00pm–11:00pmMorbid Anatomy Museum @ 424 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
    With a title like “Headless Horseman Variety Show,” you know you’re in for a good time. This event at the Morbid Anatomy Museum will be hosted by Elizabeth L. Bradley, the editor for our new Penguin Classics edition of Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and will feature such irresistible happenings as a visit from the Headless Horseman, phrenology readings, and Elizabeth’s own “illustrated disquisition on ‘Kanye West’s Sleepy Hollow.’”
  • October 21, 7:00pmBook Passage @ 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera CA
    Join Jessica Hische, illustrator and typographer extraordinaire, for an evening with the Drop Caps! Z for Zafón completes our series of 26 beautiful hardcover editions of classic and contemporary works, a collaboration between Jessica and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley.
  • October 22, 7:00pmWORD Bookstore @ 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
    Get your Halloween kickstarted with “Scary Stories with Christopher Buehlman, Tobias Carroll, Michael Cisco, and Katherine Howe.” Katherine is the editor for The Penguin Book of Witches, a new title that traces the true history of witchcraft in medieval Europe and colonial America. She’ll join several other fine writers for a night of chill-inducing readings.
  • October 23, 7:00–8:30pmThe Mark Twain House and Museum @ 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford CT
    Penguin Book of Witches editor Katherine Howe will again discuss her new book, chronicling the historical trials and tribulations of accused witches in Europe and colonial America. The event is free, but the Twain House recommends making a reservation here to ensure your spot.
  • October 29, 7:00pmThe Center for Fiction @ 17 E. 47th Street, NYC
    What better way to prepare for All Hallows’ Eve than joining Lev Grossman, Caitlin Macy, Mandy Keifetz and Randy Cohen for a reading of Washington Irving’s most treasured work, the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? They will read from our new edition, which includes a variety of Irving selections edited by Elizabeth L. Bradley.


Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

The Fox television series Sleepy Hollow might take some artistic liberties with Washington Irving’s original story, with a resurrected Ichabod Crane battling “netherworld evils” in a modern-day setting, but both book and show (now in its second year) are perfect primers for this Halloween season. Our new black-spine edition of the creepy tale features notes and an introduction by New York historian Elizabeth L. Bradley, and also includes “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Angler” and many other cherished Irving stories.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men cover

Missed the Broadway run for Anna D. Shapiro’s Of Mice and Men, which closed in July? You’re in luck: this autumn you’ll have another chance to see James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester take on the roles of some of the most beloved characters in American literature. National Theatre Live filmed the Broadway production and, beginning November 6, over 700 theaters internationally will be screening the film of the play. Check NTL’s website for screenings near you, and watch for more locations and dates to come.

Classics Deluxe Editions

Read the greatest works of literature in Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions

Charlotte Bronte
Illustrator: Ruben Toledo
Oscar Wilde
Illustrator: Ruben Toledo
Bram Stoker
Illustrator: Ruben Toledo

Gustave Flaubert
Jane Austen
Illustrator: Audrey Niffenegger
H. P. Lovecraft
Illustrator: Travis Louie

Don Delillo
Niccolo Machiavelli
Charlotte Bronte
Emily Bronte
Anne Bronte

Herman Melville
Illustrator: Tony Millionaire
Mark Twain
Illustrator: Lilli Carre

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Classics Highlights

Classics A-to-Z

Alan Walker

With one complete cycle under his belt, Alan Walker, our Senior Director of Academic Marketing and Sales, embarked on yet another Penguin Classics reading marathon of one book by an author per letter of the alphabet. Read Alan's latest blog entries (now at Z), as well as his entire first marathon.

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Poems By Heart

Poems By Heart App from Penguin Classics app icon image

Named one of the Best Apps of 2013 by Apple, Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics is a memorization game that will challenge you with classic poems from master wordsmiths including Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and more.

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Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer cover

We're reissuing two of Mark Twain's most beloved novels this October—The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its pseudo-sequel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (with foreword by Azar Nafisi), a book that ranks among the most important in the history of American literature.

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