From the editors of Penguin Books and Penguin Classics

“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’”

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


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

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Thomas Jefferson, "Declaration of Independence"


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

thefictionologist:

Penguin beauties. <3

Deluxe Victorians all day long. Well, plus some dystopia just to shake things up a little. Nicely done!
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!

thefictionologist:

Penguin beauties. <3

Deluxe Victorians all day long. Well, plus some dystopia just to shake things up a little. Nicely done!


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!

This week, the publishing community lost one of its most-beloved figures: Penguin&#8217;s longtime Publicity Director Maureen Donnelly. Everyone who worked with Maureen or had the fortune of encountering her elsewhere knows that she was one of the great personalities of the publishing industry. A great reader and a tireless champion of great books, Maureen worked at Penguin for 34 years, during which her ebullience, her patience, and her sage advice endeared her to all. She was a mother of two, but also a de facto mother figure to so many here. Our offices already seem so much quieter without her joyful laughter ringing through the hallways. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful woman who meant so much to us all at Penguin.

This week, the publishing community lost one of its most-beloved figures: Penguin’s longtime Publicity Director Maureen Donnelly. Everyone who worked with Maureen or had the fortune of encountering her elsewhere knows that she was one of the great personalities of the publishing industry. A great reader and a tireless champion of great books, Maureen worked at Penguin for 34 years, during which her ebullience, her patience, and her sage advice endeared her to all. She was a mother of two, but also a de facto mother figure to so many here. Our offices already seem so much quieter without her joyful laughter ringing through the hallways. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful woman who meant so much to us all at Penguin.

"It’s not, of course, the single, isolated events that haunt us, it is those quiet, cumulative ones that slowly wear us down. Jackson’s language is never dramatic or over-the top, something I could’ve easily shaken off and disregarded. There is only the quiet of what is—doors that don’t stay open, sounds only certain people hear, townfolk that refuse to talk about the house at all."

On The Rumpus, S. Hope Mills’s great entry in the “Last Book I Loved” series.

This book is not about heroes. English poetry is not yet fit to speak of them.

Nor is it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except War.

Above all I am not concerned with Poetry.

My subject is War, and the pity of War.

The Poetry is in the pity.

Yet these elegies are to this generation in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next. All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful.

(If I thought the letter of this book would last, I might have used proper names; but if the spirit of it survives - survives Prussia - my ambition and those names will have achieved fresher fields than Flanders…)

Wilfred Owen, Preface

The above is a draft of a preface to a collection of war poems Owen hoped to publish in 1919. He died in November 1918, just a week before the signing of the armistice.


Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week. Throughout June we’re celebrating the literature of the Great War in honor of its centennial.

losertakesall:

lookin’ good, Graham Greene collection.

Lookin&#8217; good, indeed! We love this great Graham Greene shot, and that&#8217;s why it&#8217;s our Classics Photo of the Week. Thanks losertakesall for sharing this one with us!
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!

losertakesall:

lookin’ good, Graham Greene collection.

Lookin’ good, indeed! We love this great Graham Greene shot, and that’s why it’s our Classics Photo of the Week. Thanks losertakesall for sharing this one with us!


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!

mobydickmarathonnyc:

Moby-Dick Marathon NYC by Amanda Bullock and MDMNYC — Kickstarter
HUGE HUGE EXCITING NEWS! We just launched a kickstarter for MDMNYC! We have some really amazing rewards thanks to our generous and amazing sponsors penguinclassics, outofprintclothing, King Post Productions, spudd64, Sophie Blackall, Brian Floca, biancastone, littleneckbk, amyvirginiabuchanan, litographs and more!
Check it out, spread the word, and maybe pledge to help bring the 2014 Moby-Dick Marathon NYC to life. Thank you!

We are BIG FANS of the Moby-Dick Marathon! Please help support them on kickstarter! Like past years, this is sure to be a blast and will definitely help cure any &#8220;damp drizzly November in [your] soul.&#8221;

mobydickmarathonnyc:

Moby-Dick Marathon NYC by Amanda Bullock and MDMNYC — Kickstarter

HUGE HUGE EXCITING NEWS! We just launched a kickstarter for MDMNYC! We have some really amazing rewards thanks to our generous and amazing sponsors penguinclassics, outofprintclothing, King Post Productions, spudd64, Sophie Blackall, Brian Floca, biancastone, littleneckbk, amyvirginiabuchanan, litographs and more!

Check it out, spread the word, and maybe pledge to help bring the 2014 Moby-Dick Marathon NYC to life. Thank you!

We are BIG FANS of the Moby-Dick Marathon! Please help support them on kickstarter! Like past years, this is sure to be a blast and will definitely help cure any “damp drizzly November in [your] soul.”