For more than seventy-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With nearly 2,000 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as quality translations by award-winning translators.
Penguin Classics is proud to count among its authors John Steinbeck, Arthur Miller, Shirley Jackson, William Golding, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, R. K. Narayan, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Dorothy Parker, H. P. Lovecraft, Hannah Arendt, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, and Graham Greene, and among its translators Robert Fagles, Lydia Davis, Edith Grossman, Royall Tyler, John Minford, and Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. From our signature black spine paperbacks to our Deluxe Editions with French flaps and deckled edges, to our collectible hardcovers, there is a Penguin Classic for every reader.
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What Makes a Classic?
Here are 75 answers to that question selected by the editors of Penguin Classics for our 75th anniversary. We hope these selections, some familiar and some surprising, guide you through a reader’s odyssey.