Penguin Classics: In Search of the Best Books Ever Written

Author(s): Henry Eliot


Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgameshto the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature.

Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.

Penguin Classics are probably the most familiar and accessible books in the world, and Allen Lane’s Penguin paperbacks were the 1935 publishing notion that revolutionised access to great literature.

From ancient Greek tragedies, Icelandic sagas and Japanese epics to the poetry of Renaissance women and men from the First World War, they form an historical map of the world. This book is a reader’s companion to the library of Classic literature and in these pages you will find favourites, inspiration and illumination. It is quietly amazing that the concept has not been thought of before. The selection has been compiled by the creative editor of Penguin Books (a very clever fellow), and I especially like the opening quote he has chosen. It’s from Alan Bennett; ‘Definition of a Classic: A book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have...’ Isn’t that lovely. Isn’t that true? This book is the perfect gift for the bibliophile in us all. Like me, you must have it. Mike


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General Fields

  • : 9780241320853
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Particular Books
  • : October 2018
  • : 4.2 Centimeters X 19.8 Centimeters X 25.3 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Henry Eliot
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 801.95
  • : 480