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Alan Walker

With an unbelievable two complete cycles under his belt, Alan Walker, our Senior Director of Academic Marketing and Sales has embarked on yet another Penguin Classics reading marathon from A–Z. This time, instead of choosing books by the author name, he’s reading one book by title per letter of the alphabet. Read Alan’s latest blog entries (now at B), as well as his first and second marathons.

Poems By Heart App from Penguin Classics

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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. You'll rack up high scores and achievements on your way to reciting poems from heart, with recordings you can share online and email to your friends.

Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art.

  • Four poems are included free.
  • 25 poems available in the Poetry Shop (plus the first part of "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám") with new additions every month through the first half of 2014
  • Works by Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, W.B. Yeats, James Weldon Johnson, and eighteen other iconic poets
  • Five difficulty stages and twenty ranks of success

Little Black Classics

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Penguin Books turned 80 in 2015, and to celebrate we released a special boxed set of 80 Little Black Classics—pocket-sized and millennia-spanning selections from writers as diverse as Sappho, Pu Songling and Tolstoy. The Little Black Classics hearken back to the origins of Penguin, when Allen Lane decided to introduce a series of paperbacks that were simultaneously low-cost and high-quality. Thus was Penguin Books born.

The Centurions

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Jean Lartéguy's The Centurions first enthralled readers fifty-five years ago, and over the decades the novel—long out of print and nearly impossible to find—attained cult status with military buffs. Our new edition, with a foreword by foreign affairs expert Robert D. Kaplan, brought Lartéguy’s tale of paratroopers in Algeria and French Indochina to modern audiences. The novel’s sequel, The Praetorians, is also newly available and features a foreword by Stanley McChrystal.

Arthur Miller at 100

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It’s been a banner year for Arthur Miller, with multiple Tony-nominated revivals of his works. A View from the Bridge at Lincoln Center won awards for Best Revival and Best Direction of a Play (for Ivo Van Hove), and the Walter Kerr Theatre’s production of The Crucible received four nominations, including Best Revival and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Sophie Okonedo. Before you enjoy one of the great adaptations of Miller’s plays around the country, study up with our new Penguin Arthur Miller collection.

New Classics Deluxes + COVER TO COVER

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We’re celebrating great book art with a bevy of new Classic Deluxe editions, including Roman Muradov’s vibrant take on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a stunning new face for The Master and Margarita by Christopher Conn Askew, and Neil Gower’s homage to Storm of Steel’s war horrors. And if that’s not enough, our Creative Director Paul Buckley will take you behind the covers with a decade’s worth of the best work on Penguin Classics book design in our new volume Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover.

Hong Gildong

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Forget Batman, Wolverine and the Avengers—Hong Gildong was one of the world’s original superheroes. This Robin Hood-esque tale is the first-ever Korean Penguin Classic, and scholar Minsoo Kang’s translation and notes make this story of a bastard son turned conqueror accessible to a whole new Western audience.

13 Clocks

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Beloved American humorist James Thurber is hitting the Penguin catalog for the first time this August with our Deluxe edition of The 13 Clocks—a classic story about a castle, an evil duke and a beautiful princess that introducer Neil Gaiman has called “probably the best book in the world.” With a beautifully illustrated cover by the late Marc Simont, the world’s best book just got a little better.

Civic Classics

Civic Classics

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and essential Civic Classics from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life, including the founding documents, pivotal historical speeches, and important Supreme Court decisions, to create a timely and informative mini-library of perennially vital issues.

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius


The Meditations of Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius continues to be one of the most influential ancient works for modern thinkers, artists and businesspeople. This summer, return to the source with our Pocket Hardback and black spine editions of the Meditations—you’ll find thoughts, advice and personal introspection remarkably applicable to a world eighteen centuries after they were written.

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales

The literary world is in the midst of a fairy-tale Renaissance, with collections of stories from Germany, Russia, Italy and America all hitting the Penguin catalog in the past few years. Now we’re adding a darker volume—the Penguin Book of the Undead, a black spine classic that collects tales of the supernatural from the ancient world up through the Renaissance. Edited by scholar Scott G. Bruce and armed with one of the spookiest covers ever to grace a Penguin title, The Penguin Book of the Undead will have you reaching for the nightlight.

The World of Penguin Classics

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Can’t find the time or money to travel? Take a virtual tour through millennia of great literature with our World of Penguin Classics map. Discover writers from Argentina to New Zealand and from antiquity to the 21st century, all available at your fingertips. Best of all, seek out those authors lesser-known in the Western world—the Japanese monks Kenkō and Chōmei, for example, or Persian poet Ferdowsi, or the Muslim polymath Usama ibn Munqidh.

Stage & Screen

Sunset Song

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Terence Davies’ adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel charmed critics earlier this year—they called it “a grieving Scottish ballad of childhood's end” and praised its “astonishing beauty.” Gibbon’s original work, the first in the Scots Quair trilogy, tells the story of the young Scotswoman Chris Guthrie navigating Europe’s sea changes in the early twentieth century.

Love & Freindship and Lady Susan

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Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny, isn’t just a rare adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan—it’s also one of the year’s best acclaimed films, with a whopping 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And Lady Susan is just one of the works included in our Austen volume Love and Freindship, a collection of early writings (and errant spellings) that will delight the most hardcore of Austenites.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

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Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp continue their travels in Wonderland with the Tim Burton-produced Alice Through the Looking Glass, the latest film to translate Lewis Carroll’s fantastic adventures to the silver screen. This one takes a deeper dive into the history of one of literature’s most memorable and idiosyncratic characters: the Mad Hatter. (Maybe we’ll finally found out how a raven is like a writing-desk.)

The Jungle Book

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Jon Favreau’s CGI-powered adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories of India takes cues not only from its source material but also from the beloved 1967 animated version. (King Louie—a character absent in Kipling’s original tales—returns, but he’s not the ape you remember from your childhood.) The result is a fast-paced and funny story of man-cub Mowgli’s adventures, animal friends and yearning to belong.


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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel Tarzan of the Apes had its centennial in 2014, and the past hundred years have only burnished its legend. David Yates’ film, in theaters this summer, stars Alexander Skarsgård as the vine-swinging hero and Margot Robbie as his wife Jane—but in this version, Tarzan has already been civilized in England and must return to his jungle roots to foil the greedy plans of the Congo’s colonial rulers.

Tale of Tales

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One British reviewer called Matteo Garrone’s adaptation of Giambattista Basile’s Pentamerone potentially “the strangest experience you’ll have in the cinema all year.” But the film, starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly, only builds on Basile’s seventeenth-century fantasies—a stew of magic, ogres and royalty behaving badly that constitutes the world’s first national collection of fairy tales.

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