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“He sprung from the cabin window, as he said this, upon the ice-raft which lay close to the vessel. He was soon borne away by the waves, and lost in darkness and distance.”

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein


Friday Final Lines | Every Friday, we offer the closing lines of a Penguin Classic to finish up the workweek.

“The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer. This is completely understood about poetry or fiction, but it is too seldom realized about books of fact. And yet the impulse which drives a man to poetry will send another man to the tide pools and force him to try to report what he finds there.”

John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts, Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research


Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week.

“I came back from that holiest of waves
remade, refreshed as any new tree is,
renewed, refreshed with foliage anew,
pure and prepared to rise towards the stars.”

Dante, Purgatorio (trans. Robin Kirkpatrick)


Friday Final Lines | Every Friday, we offer the closing lines of a Penguin Classic to finish up the workweek. Happy 4th of July!

optimistsdaughter:

'Write me ever so few lines and tell me you will never for ever be less kind to me than yesterday.- You dazzled me. There is nothing in the world so bright and delicate.'

This is a little older than this week, but optimistsdaughter posts such lovely Classics photos all the time that we wanted to feature one of our favorites! A perfect pairing…
Classics Photo of the Week | Tumblr is full of amazing images of Penguin Classics and each Thursday we select one of our favorites from the past week. Tag your photos as “Penguin Classics” so we don’t miss any!

optimistsdaughter:

'Write me ever so few lines and tell me you will never for ever be less kind to me than yesterday.- You dazzled me. There is nothing in the world so bright and delicate.'

This is a little older than this week, but optimistsdaughter posts such lovely Classics photos all the time that we wanted to feature one of our favorites! A perfect pairing…


Classics Photo of the Week | Tumblr is full of amazing images of Penguin Classics and each Thursday we select one of our favorites from the past week. Tag your photos as “Penguin Classics” so we don’t miss any!

ruthfranklin:

buchverliebt:

We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson“I can’t help it when people are frightened,” says Merricat. “I always want to frighten them more.”

Gorgeous images.

ruthfranklin:

buchverliebt:

We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson

“I can’t help it when people are frightened,” says Merricat. “I always want to frighten them more.”

Gorgeous images.

U.S. readers take note — this beauty is coming your way in just a few months.

U.S. readers take note — this beauty is coming your way in just a few months.

(Source: nineteenoone, via prettybooks)

Cecil Lewis (pictured top left as a young man, and below at age 93) was an extraordinary figure. Not only did he have a remarkable career as a pilot in WWI (an experience detailed in his memoir, Sagittarius Rising), he also went on to train pilots around the world, win an Oscar for his screenplay of Pygmalion, and co-found the BBC.

In 1991, the BBC featured Lewis on their Desert Island series, in which he discusses his incredible life as an author and adventurer, and of course, what gramophone records he would bring to a desert island. Click here to listen to this ineffably charming recording and you’ll understand why after listening to this, we had no choice but to reissue his memoir.

“Hwæt! We Gar-Dena in gear-dagum, þeod-cyninga, þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon!”

Anonymous, Beowulf


Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week.