Wednesday, February 16

penguin modern classics turns 50

To commemorate 50 years of Modern Classics, Penguin will launch a permanent brand new series: the Mini Modern Classics, starting with a set of 50 short stories / novellas including;
TRUMAN CAPOTE Children on Their Birthdays
RAYMOND CHANDLER Killer in the Rain
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD Babylon Revisited
IAN FLEMING The Living Daylights
HENRY JAMES The Beast in the Jungle
JAMES JOYCE Two Gallants
FRANZ KAFKA In the Penal Colony
FRANK O’CONNOR The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland
P. G. WODEHOUSE The Crime Wave at Blandings
VIRGINIA WOOLF The Lady in the Looking-Glass

Buy it here, or enter to win it here.
Penguin Modern Classics began in 1961, when an unconventional Penguin editor – Tony Godwin – decided that authors of his time were producing books that deserved classic status just as much as the works of Dickens or Homer. Many of the early titles published in the list (including Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby) are still considered landmark classics.

The result was Penguin Modern Classics, with their distinctive grey spines and evocative pictorial covers. Many of them were given eye-opening, avant-garde images by the legendary designer Germano Facetti...
via PenguinUK