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Popular classics

About this series:

Before 1946 ‘Classics’ are mainly the domain of academics and students, without readable editions for everyone else. This all changes when a little-known classicist, E.V. Rieu, presents Penguin founder Allen Lane with the translation of Homer’s Odyssey that he has been working on and reading to his wife Nelly in his spare time.

In 1946 The Odyssey becomes the first Penguin Classic published, and promptly sells three million copies. Suddenly, classics books are no longer for the privileged few.

Look this collection that you can find at the Extensive Reading Room.

The Scarlet Letter

Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne's concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves…

Oliver Twist

The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published...

Little women

Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four 'little women' enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England. The charming story of the March sisters, "Little Women" has been adored by generations...

The professor

The Professor (1857) was Charlotte Bront's first and least regarded novel, rejected by all publishers during her lifetime and published posthumously by her widower A. B. Nicholls...

Robinson Crusoe

Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man', or as a moral fable...

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Wild child Huck has to get away. His violent drunk of a father is back in town again, raising Cain. He won't rest until he has Huck's money. So the enterprising boy fakes his own death and sets out in search of adventure and freedom...

The picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde's classic tale in a bonded leather edition with gilded pages, a ribbon bookmark, and embossing on the front, back, and spine. Sure to become a classic in your library!...

Around the world in eighty days

Jules Verne's career as a novelist began in 1863, when he struck a new vein in fiction-stories that combined popular science and exploration. In "Around the World in Eighty Days", Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions...

The secret garden

After the death of her parents, Mary is brought back from India as a forlorn and unwanted child, to live in her uncle's great lonely house on the moors.

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