Check out what’s new from Penguin Classics in August!
Essays in Idleness and Hojoki, Kenko and Chomei
Two works on life’s fleeting pleasures by medieval Japanese Buddhist monks, but each offering an opposing worldview. One withdraws from society to live a secluded life in the mountains; the other hold more fascination for worldly affairs. It’s a book both witty and wise, centered on the the small, quickly vanishing things we value.
The Book of Master Mo, Mo Zi
This is a complete text of the writings of Master Mo, an essential Chinese philosopher. Covering still-relevant topics like ethics, ancient warfare, anti-imperialism, and a political hierarchy based on merit, this new edition of his long-neglected work will go far towards advancing your understanding of ancient Chinese philosophy.
Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense: Collected Poems, Lewis Carroll
We previously published this in Coralie Bickford-Smith’s beautiful Hardcover Classic edition, and here is it now in paperback! Ali Smith (she of the painfully beautiful Artful) said, it “made me nearly fall off a chair laughing [and] leaves me seriously happy every time I open it.” Get ready for a plethora of brillig and slithy toves!
Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb, François-René de Chateaubriand
One of the single most important works of French nonfiction, Chateaubriand’s memoirs have finally been translated into English by Robert Baldick. Chateaubriand lived through some of the wildest moments in European history (Waterloo, the French Revolution, etc.) and his immensely entertaining autobiography gives us his unique take on all these events.