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The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary

2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, which told the story of the Joad family fleeing the Great Depression along Route 66. In 2013 we loaded up the Penguin Book Truck and followed the Steinbeck Center on a recreation of the Joads' journey; this year Viking will release a 75th Anniversary edition of the original hardcover, and we'll join the Steinbeck Center again for their Steinbeck Festival in early May.

Penguin Book Truck Grapes of Wrath Tour

Shirley Jackson

The publication of The Bird's Nest and The Sundial completes our Shirley Jackson renaissance. If you've picked up these timelessly creepy novels before, you may still want to take a look at our new editions—we've recruited acclaimed writers Kevin Wilson (The Family Fang) and Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver) to write the books' forewords, bringing Jackson's unsettling oeuvre to a new generation of readers.

The Bird's Nest cover

Penguin Drop Caps

Penguin Drop Caps is an A to Z series of collectible hardcovers of fine works of literature. This innovative 26-book design collaboration between Penguin art director Paul Buckley and typographer Jessica Hische features on each cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by Jessica Hische. We're currently up to 'T' for Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club.

Penguin Drop Caps Collection Photo


12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave cover

Steve McQueen's big-screen adaptation of Solomon Northup's antebellum memoir is an Oscar favorite with three wins: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay! The film, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and an extended ensemble cast, has been called "the most uncompromising depiction of slavery ever put to film" (Daily Beast) and "the movie you need to see" (The Atlantic Wire). Don't forget to pick up a copy of Northup's original book before watching the film, in theaters and available on DVD. We publish a black-spine edition as well as a movie tie-in edition, both featuring the iconic key art from the film, a foreword by director Steve McQueen, an introduction by Ira Berlin, and a series essay and afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who includes Northup in his curated series of African American classics.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men cover

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd bring John Steinbeck's harrowing and hopeful short novel Of Mice and Men to the Broadway stage this spring. The production opens in mid-April at the Longacre Theatre and will run through July. Anna D. Shapiro, Tony Award-winner for August: Osage County, returns to Broadway to direct this Steinbeck classic.

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Alan Walker

With one complete cycle under his belt, Alan Walker, our Senior Director of Academic Marketing and Sales, embarks 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 Y), as well as his entire first marathon.

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Penguin Classics Goods

Black Beauty Tote

Penguin Classics presents a curated series of lifestyle goods that feature the best of our book designs from our award-winning Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions on well-produced, high-quality items, all designed and made in the U.S.A.

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John O'Hara

BUtterfield 8 cover

In addition to our beautiful deluxe edition of John O'Hara's Appointment in Samarra, we have three new titles to add to the Penguin Classics O'Hara renaissance: a collection of his New York Stories and two versions of his novel BUtterfield 8—a black-spine edition and a Penguin Drop Caps volume.

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