Check out what’s new to Penguin Classics in September!
Confucius, The Analects
Confucius never wrote any books, but his disciples compiled his essential thoughts. The Analects is one of the most influential books in Chinese history, and it remains so to this day. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a first time reader, Annping Chin’s new translation is the perfect place to start. It’s an incredibly lucid translation, interwoven with Professor Chin’s enlightening commentary. And this edition also features the Chinese text, so bonus points for that.
Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
It’s Halloween season. And it’s also Fall TV season, which means the endlessly entertaining Sleepy Hollow is back. So we asked our Irving expert Elizabeth Bradley to help put together a new edition of Irving’s great work. (Why should you love Bradley? For starters, she’s giving a lecture next week on Washington Irving and Kanye West.) Classic stories like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” remain haunting and timeless, but Irving’s sketches of early American landscapes and culture are no less enjoyable.
The Penguin Book of Witches
A history of witchcraft in America and England through primary sources…what’s not to like? We’ll leave it to editor Katherine Howe (author of the The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and Conversion) to describe why you have to check this out:”I think we can all agree that witches are a problem. Okay, you’re right. Maybe they’re not a problem anymore. Perhaps you think witches are awesome. Perhaps you know a witch or two yourself. Perhaps you are a witch yourself? But if witches today wear their pointy hats with impunity and walk amongst us twirling their wands and trailing cats in their wake in broad daylight, it’s safe to say that it wasn’t always so.”