Penguin Authors on Classics

Roddy Doyle "This year, so far, I have read Penguin Classics editions of Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Monk, The Turn of the Screw, Melmoth the Wanderer, What Maise Knew, and Moby Dick. I can actually imagine a world without Penguin Classics. But I don't want to."
Roddy Doyle

Mary Karr "As a poet, I seldom find that any edition I seek is better served than by Penguin Classics—Catullus, Chaucer—turn to the black-spined book."
Mary Karr

John Mortimer "Novelists need the great classic novels to inspire them and show how it should be done. I have to go back to Dickens and Trollope and Tolstoy at regular intervals. Graham Greene said that a writer should read one of Henry James' novels at least once in every two months to make sure that novel writing is something worth doing. They are all there the great novels I need and the poetry and plays in Penguin Classics and each one at a price considerably less than you'd pay for lunch. This is an invaluable collection and I am very grateful to it."
John Mortimer

Susan Vreeland "Throughout my adult life, one might find my bookmark in a book that bore the oval logo of a penguin which came to mean fine literature from which I would learn and grow and become so passionately enchanted by that I had to share it.

Penguin Classics accompanied me through thirty years of high school teaching. Everything great and good that I had the privilege of passing along to the younger generation was offered in a Penguin Classics edition with astute and thorough introductions helpful to students and to me. My favorites—Huckleberry Finn, Grapes of Wrath, The Scarlet Letter, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Canterbury Tales, Hamlet, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure—have taught us what is beautiful and worthy in life, what to care about and reach for, how to live. Those lines I loved to meet again rolling off my tongue into the minds of high school seniors lay waiting for me each term behind the oval penguin.

Now, I find Penguin Classics shaping me as a writer and feeding my intellectual hungers with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Dubliners, Madame Bovary, Letters of Abélard and Hèloïse, Vasari's Lives of the Artists, Letters of Vincent van Gogh. One might even say that the life of my mind has beat with Penguin Classics".
Susan Vreeland

Robin Cook "I am a devoted, closet Penguin Classic reader. Having had to major in chemistry, math, physics in college in preparation for medical school, I've had to play catch-up in respect to literature. My bedside table always has a Penguin Classic, which at the moment is Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham. More often than not when I settle in for the night, it is the Penguin Classic I reach for rather than the current best seller!"
Robin Cook