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Penguin Little Clothbound Classics: Collector's Guide and FAQ

What is the Penguin Little Clothbound Classics Series?

Penguin Classics is launching a Little Clothbound Classics series, publishing in August 2022 in the UK. The new series are small-format editions of stories and short novels, bound in a similar style to the ever-popular Clothbound Classics series. It is a great little collection of stories, featuring plenty of classics you probably don’t already have in a nice format, which is an excellent breath of fresh air. The titles have been selected to celebrate a diversity of authors and genres, with locations ranging from snowy Japan to springtime Vienna, or from a game of chess on the ocean to a love story set on the moon.

The books will be published in four “seasonal” collections of 12 books released throughout the next year. Each of the titles will be bound in brightly coloured cloth stamped with foil, with a cover design by Coralie Bickford-Smith, and the series editor is Jessica Harrison

From the initial buzz around these books, it looks likely they will be heavily showcased in social media, with Penguin planning to target TikTokkers, Instagrammers and YouTubers through competitions, collaborations, and other events, and series bookmarks will be made available to retailers.

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How many books are in the series?

This is an ongoing series, but it is anticipated that there will be 48 titles, 12 in each seasonal collection.

What is the binding like?

Assuming these titles will be bound the same as the books in the Penguin Clothbound Classics series, the cloth covers have a linen-like texture, but the foiling/printing on the cover can be a little fragile so don’t stack them too tightly in the shelf. Sadly, they are glue-bound, not stitched.

Penguin Little Clothbound Classics - The Complete List

"Autumn" (2022)

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

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Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573734.

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Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 024157370X.

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Lolly Willows by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573785.

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The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin, translated by Rosemary Edmonds

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573769.

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Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241582520.

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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573750.

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Of Ghosts and Goblins by Lafcadio Hearn

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573726.

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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, introduction by Robin Waterfield

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573718.

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241590531.

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Hell Screen by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, translated by Jay Rubin

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573696.

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The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 024159054X.

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Passing by Nella Larsen

Notes: Anticipated August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573742.

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