Penguin has released a new series of cheap and cheerful classics. I think I have raved about the ingenuity of the reissuing of the Orange classic series before and bringing long forgotten classics back to the mass market. It’s also nice to see Penguin continue to embody the company’s original idea that good literature should be accessible to all. I just love how they freshen up the old titles. The new Green series harks back to the original Green crime series. The titles all look amazing and, of course, those lovely looking green spines wouldn’t look too shaby on my bookcase next to the numerous Orange Penguins I have collected. First off my list to purchase will be this:
I read it awhile ago after a serious hunt and sourced it at a library. That copy was old, dusty and smelled a little mouldy. It was a wonderful read and now it will be great to own a copy too. You can find the complete list of the fifty titles here.
(Disclaimer: It looks like I’m raving a lot about Penguin but this isn’t a paid advertisement. I just really love how they keep invigorating old Classics!)
The titles of the next batch of the popular Orange Penguins have been released! There are 75 titles this time in celebration of Penguin’s 75th year. They all look so exciting and I want so many of them already. I’m a bit disappointed that they’re publishing The Wizard of Oz and Nausea after all the trouble I went to find them and have just recently bought them! Also delighted, but also very annoyed, that Shirley Jackson is being published too along with M.J. Hyland’s debut novel (which I also just got).
I’m pretty excited that they’re publishing Muriel Spark since I’ve heard many positive reviews of her writing on other blogs. The list is quite inspiring and I love it. There’s a few F. Scott Fitzgeralds, Kafkas, interesting inclusions of writings by Leonard Cohen and Andy Warhol, plays and some excellent Australian writing.
At the moment, there doesn’t seem to a list up and only a video which is slightly annoying. You can view it here:
I’ve listed them here but I can’t make out some authors.
- The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
- Foe – J.M. Coetzee
- Dangerous Liaisons
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- The Prophet
- The Thirty-Nine Steps
- One Hundred Great Books in Haiku
- The Invisible Man
- The Lady in the Lake – Raymond Chandler
- Seven Little Australians
- Poems – Michael Leunig
- The Little Prince
- Our Sunshine – Robert Drewe
- Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
- Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
- Three Tales from the Arabian Nights
- I Can Jump Puddles – Alan Marshall
- It’s Raining in Mango – Thea Astley
- Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
- The Psychology of Love
- The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
- Washington Square – Henry James
- The Trial – Franz Kafka
- Therese Raquin – Emile Zola
- How the Light Gets In – M.J. Hyland
- The Go-Between – L.P. Priestly? Hartley?
- Gulliver’s Travels
- On Natural Selection – Charles Darwin
- Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
- Howl, Kaddish and other poems – Allen Ginsberg
- The Shiralee – D’arcy Niland
- Postcards from Surfers – Helen Garner
- From Russia with Love – Ian Flemming
- Hard Times -Charles Dickens
- Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
- The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles
- Civilisation and its Discontents – Sigmund Freud
- The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx (what about Engles?)
- The Jungle Book
- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol – Andy Warhol
- The Call of the Wild – Jack London
- Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
- The Lost Estate – … Alain-Fournier
- Hedda Gabler and other plays – Henrik Ibsen
- How we are Hungry
- Confessions of an English Opium Eater – Thomas de Quincy
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
- A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
- Selected Poems – John Keats
- Book of Longing – Leonard Cohen
- The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
- Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
- In the Winter Dark – Tim Winton
- Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
- Surrender – Sonya Hartnett
- The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Playing Beatie Bow – Ruth Park
- The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
- The Periodic Table
- The Happy Prince and other stories
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
- Around the World in Eighty Days
- The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
- Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
- Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
- To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
- The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
- Inferno – Dante
Edit: Penguin has put up the official list. And also thanks to Dominique for posting the link to the list earlier. It’s pretty exciting!
What do you think of the list?
I’m not quite sure how this game works but who cares when there’s a boardgame for BIBLIOPHILES!!!
- Tim Winton has won his fourth Miles Franklin book award for Breath. I haven’t read many of his books aside for Dirt Music which won the Miles Franklin in 2002.
- This is the BIG news – the Tomorrow series will finally be made into a movie trilogy! They’re focusing on the first three books and will be written and directed by Stuart Beattie who also co-wrote the script for ‘Australia’. I hope it turns out to be wonderful.
I also bought some more of those orange Penguins which were further marked down. They are just wonderful although I’m pretty sure they will probably disintergrate in my hands in ten years time. New titles are:
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- The Surgeon of Crawthorne by Simon Winchester
- The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
- Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl
I must have almost half the available titles. I also got my Zafon which I’m very excited about.
Life has caught up with me and I’ve been crazed by stress. However, I’m not crazed enough to not appreciate new books. 🙂 I was strolling around Borders and saw they were having a special on the Orange Penguins if you bought three. Who was I to protest? It was difficult picking out the three. I chose:
1. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
2. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
3. The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
I also would have liked In Cold Blood by Truman Capote but I guess that can wait another day. I love these Penguins! I can’t wait for the new batch to be released.
Be still, my pounding heart.
Penguin has released a series of blank notebooks with the covers of popular works. It looks exactly like the orange, classic Penguins except now you can pen your next masterpiece in it. It’s a fantastic idea and I can’t wait to go and grab a few of these spendiferous notebooks although it will look like you’re scribbling away in a copy of the actual book (a big, bibliophile no-no) to the unsuspecting public. If you don’t fancy being constantly intimidated by Virginia Woolf and George Orwell while you’re penning the next great classic, there’s also the choice of having a series of Penguin spines as the cover.
I’m very excited! And, of course, it’s obviously another way for Penguin to make quick bucks. We all know stationery freaks, writers and bibliophiles won’t be able to resist.
And they even have matching sets of pencils!
I would like the matching mug too, please.
All from Notemaker.
Penguin has teamed up with Bill Amberg to design and release six Penguin classics with beautiful cream leather covers. I didn’t know who or what Bill Amberg is so I googled him and it’s a leather goods brand for those who aren’t in the know.
The books, from what I can see on the Penguin website ,are:
1. Evelyn Waugh “Brideshead Revisited”
2. Raymond Chandler “The Big Sleep”
3. Oscar Wilde “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
4. E.M Forster “A Room with a View”
5. F. Scott Fitzgerald “The Great Gatsby”
6. Truman Capote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
I wonder what the price are for these though and whether Bill Amberg played a role in choosing the titles. They’re highly tempting and they are released just in time for Christmas this year. I wish they did “Jane Eyre” though, because I would definitely buy that. I love Penguin – and I love how they are always invigorating and putting out new designs for the classics and never letting them sit on the backburner.
Would you buy these books?