From the editors of Penguin Books and Penguin Classics

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H. G. Wells: More than Just Science Fiction

A few weeks ago, Robert McCrum ruffled some feathers by choosing The History of Mr. Polly for his 100 Best Novels series on The Guardian. McCrum’s bold choice reminds us that in addition to being a major science fiction writer, “[Wells was also a great Edwardian writer of immense fame and influence who deserves to be remembered as a major literary figure, now somewhat eclipsed in the posterity stakes.” 

If you already love Wells’s science fiction, or perhaps Dickens and Forster and Wodehouse, it may be time to check out Wells’s social novels. They’re charming, delightful, often hilarious, and reflect important Edwardian political trends (in which Wells was a major player at the time). These novels are every bit as enjoyable as The Time Machine and deserve your time!

“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!