Penguin “Little Black Classics”

4th May 2015
Penguin "Little Black Classics"

Penguin “Little Black Classics”

This is my first blog post since changing my blog name! It feels weird, but awesome. Anyway, I briefly mentioned in my book giveaway blog post that I ordered a load of the new Penguin “Little Black Classics”. Penguin have released 80 classic books for only 80p each to celebrate their 80th anniversary. Did I mention that they’re only 80p?! Insane. 

Penguin "Little Black Classics"

I would probably order all of them if I could, but for now I decided to get several Classics (Greek and Roman) books because I study Ancient History at Uni, and a few other books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while.

The Classics-related books & poems I got are:

  • Jason and Medea, by Apollonius of Rhodes
  • Socrate’s Defence, by Plato
  • Caligula, by Suetonius
  • Come Closer, by Sappho
  • Circe and the Cyclops, by Homer
  • I Hate and I Love, by Catullus

Penguin "Little Black Classics"

The books I decided to treat myself to:

  • The Night is Darkening Round Me, by Emily Bronte. I just know I’m going to love this poetry collection, Emily Bronte is one of my favourite writers.
  • The Beautifull Cassandra, by Jane Austen. These stories were written by Jane as a teenager!
  • The Great Fire of London, by Samuel Pepys. I remember reading this diary when I was a child, and couldn’t resist getting myself a copy.
  • How to Use Your Enemies, by Baltasar Gracian. I bought this on a whim, as I’ve not really heard much about it before, but it should be interesting.
  • The Yellow Wall-Paper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. My A-level English Literature teacher always told me to read this, but I never got around to it.
  • My Dearest Father, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (I love him.)

I can’t wait to start reading these as soon as my exams are over! The classical music nerd inside me is really keen to read My Dearest Father, a collection of letters that Mozart wrote to his father.

Have you picked up any of these? I think it’s a great idea from Penguin – hopefully it inspires more people to read Classic books and poetry! The tiny size of these Little Black Classics are perfect to fit inside a handbag without taking up much room for reading on-the-go.



P.S. Have you entered my Penguin Young Adult Fiction giveaway yet?

  • Megan Roisin

    I bought four of these yesterday but I don’t think the shop I visited had the Samuel Pepys diary – I’d have snapped it up straight away if I’d seen it!

    Megan x
    London Callings

    • They’re great, I’m definitely going to pick up a few more! Thanks for commenting.
      Emily x

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