Penguin Little Black Classics


penguin classics

(photo from the Penguin Books website)

I bought some of these tiny 80th anniversary Penguin books the other day. Each book is around 50 pages long, and has short stories, poems or extracts from writers from around the world. The perfect size to keep in a bag for spare moment reading. There are 80 different ones to choose from, and each one costs a bargain 80p. In picking the books, I went for authors I had never heard of, or writers like Cavafy I’d heard of but never checked out. Hopefully I’ll discover something I really like. The full list of titles can be seen here.

Here’s the ones I picked:

As Kingfishers Catch FireGerard Manley Hopkins
Wailing GhostsPu Songling
Three Tang Dynasty Poets
A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry TreesKenko
How to Use Your EnemiesBaltasar Gracian
How A Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher’s DogJohann Peter Hebel
Of Street PiemenHenry Mayhew
A Hippo BanquetMary Kingsley
Remember, BodyCP Cavafy
The Life of a Stupid ManRyunosuke Akutagawa
The Old Man of the MoonShen Fu
A Pair of Silk StockingsKate Chopin

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