Books published by Penguin Classics

A Grain of Wheat

Penguin Classics | May 29, 2012 | 272 pages
Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a... More Info

The Will to Power

Penguin Classics | December 29, 2016 | 320 pages
New to Penguin Classics, The Will to Power contains some of Nietzsche's most fascinating and combative writings on nihilism, metaphysics and the future of Europe. Assembled by Nietzsche's sister after his death, The Will to Power is a collection of the philosopher's reflections and theories taken... More Info

The Greek Alexander Romance

Penguin Classics | April 25, 1991 | 196 pages
Mystery surrounds the parentage of Alexander, the prince born to Queen Olympias. Is his father Philip, King of Macedonia, or Nectanebo, the mysterious sorcerer who seduced the queen by trickery? One thing is certain: the boy is destined to conquer the known world. He grows up to fulfil this... More Info

On Revolution

Penguin Classics | August 19, 2017 | 336 pages
Hannah Arendt's penetrating observations on the modern world have been fundamental to our understanding of our political landscape, both its history and its future. Published in the years between Arendt's seminal texts The Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jerusalem, On Revolution is a... More Info

Crime and Punishment

Penguin Classics | July 14, 2015 | 608 pages
This acclaimed new translation of Dostoyevsky's "psychological record of a crime" gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before. Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone... More Info

The Uses of Literacy

Penguin Classics | October 1, 2009 | 369 pages
With a new introduction by Lynsey Hanley and a Foreword by Simon Hoggart 'A vivid inside view of working-class culture and one of the most influential books of the postwar era' Observer When a society becomes more affluent, does it lose other values? Are the skills that education and literacy gave... More Info

Meetings with Remarkable Men

Penguin Classics | February 5, 2015 | 334 pages
'You must learn not what people round you consider good or bad, but to act in life as your conscience bids you' For twenty years, the spiritual teacher Gurdjieff journeyed through Central Asia and the Middle East.  More Info

The Quest of the Holy Grail

Penguin Classics | January 1, 1969 | 304 pages
Despite its Arthurian setting and although it forms part of a vast compilation called the Prose Lancelot, it is a spiritual fable. This is a guide to the spiritual life aimed at the court, rather than the cloister.  More Info

Les Miserables

Penguin Classics | October 22, 2014 | 1456 pages
A new translation, by Christine Donougher, of the classic French novel, which has inspired a musical and film.  More Info

The Communist Manifesto

Penguin Classics | October 22, 2014 | 304 pages
The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels's revolutionary summons to the working classes, changed the face of the twentieth century beyond recognition. It inspired millions to revolution, forming the basis of political systems that still dominate countless lives and continuing to ignite debate about... More Info

A Christmas Carol

Penguin Classics | October 7, 2014 | 144 pages
A delightful new holiday series featuring five classic Christmas tales in luxurious hardcover editions Truly stunning book design has become a Penguin Classics tradition. We now introduce a new must-have, collectible series featuring beautiful hardcover editions of some of the best-loved and... More Info

The Night Before Christmas

Penguin Classics | October 7, 2014 | 80 pages
A delightful new holiday series featuring five classic Christmas tales in luxurious hardcover editions Truly stunning book design has become a Penguin Classics tradition. We now introduce a new must-have, collectible series featuring beautiful hardcover editions of some of the best-loved and... More Info

A Merry Christmas

Penguin Classics | October 7, 2014 | 160 pages
A delightful new holiday series featuring five classic Christmas tales in luxurious hardcover editions Truly stunning book design has become a Penguin Classics tradition. We now introduce a new must-have, collectible series featuring beautiful hardcover editions of some of the best-loved and... More Info

The Snow Leopard

Penguin Classics | August 19, 2017 | 336 pages
An unforgettable spiritual journey through the Himalayas? now celebrating its thirtieth anniversary IN 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow... More Info

Twelve Years a Slave

Penguin Classics | July 31, 2012 | 240 pages
"Narrative of a citizen of New-York, Solomon Northup, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana"--Cover.  More Info

Travels with Charley in Search of America

Penguin Classics | October 2, 2012 | 206 pages
The acclaimed author records his emotions and experiences during a journey of rediscovery in his native land, accompanied by his French poodle named Charley.  More Info
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Telling Tales

Penguin Classics | August 27, 1992 | 417 pages
Records Marx's critical study of capitalism as an economic system and briefly evaluates his handling of the subject  More Info

Women in love

Penguin Classics | August 19, 2017 | 560 pages
Two of D. H. Lawrences most renowned novelsnow with new packages and new introductions Widely regarded as D. H. Lawrences greatest novel, Women in Lovecontinues where The Rainbowleft off, with the third generation of the Brangwens. Focusing on Ursula Brangwen and her sister Gudruns relationshipsthe... More Info

On Living and Dying Well

Penguin Classics | November 27, 2012 | 240 pages
Philosophical writings on “the good life” by the great Roman orator, in a vital new translation In the first century BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator, statesman, and defender of republican values, created these philosophical treatises on such diverse and trenchant topics as friendship,... More Info

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Penguin Classics | August 3, 2006 | 94 pages
Composed during the fourteenth century in the English Midlands, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight describes the events that follow when a mysterious green-coloured knight rides into King Arthur's Camelot in deep mid-winter. The mighty knight presents a challenge to the court: he will allow himself to... More Info

In Defence of the Republic

Penguin Classics | November 29, 2011 | 315 pages
'Why is it my fate that everyone who was an enemy of the Republic at the same time declared war on me?'Cicero (10643BCE) was the most brilliant orator in Classical history. Even one of the men who authorized his assassination, the Emperor Augustus, admitted to his grandson that Cicero was: 'an... More Info

On the Road

Penguin Classics | January 1, 2003 | 307 pages
Follows the counterculture escapades of members of the Beat generation as they seek pleasure and meaning while traveling coast to coast. As he travels across 1950s America, aspiring writer Sal Paradise chronicles his escapades with the charismatic Dean Moriarty. Sal admires Dean's passion for... More Info

Nineteen Eighty-Four. Anniversary Edition

Penguin Classics | July 6, 2009 | 355 pages
First published in 1949, George Orwell's 1984 has lost none of its impact and vision with which it first hit readers.Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When... More Info