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Penguin Little Clothbound Classics: Collector's Guide, Complete List and FAQ

What is the Penguin Little Clothbound Classics Series?

Penguin Classics is launching a Little Clothbound Classics series, to be released on 25 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”.

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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.

How many books are in the series?

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

What is the binding like?

Similar to 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: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573734.

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Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 024157370X.

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Lolly Willows by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573785.

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

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573769.

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Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241582520.

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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573750.

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Of Ghosts and Goblins by Lafcadio Hearn

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573726.

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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, introduction by Robin Waterfield

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573718.

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241590531.

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Hell Screen by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, translated by Jay Rubin

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573696.

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The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 024159054X.

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Passing by Nella Larsen

Notes: August 25, 2022. ISBN 0241573742.

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"Winter" (2022)

Big Blonde by Dorothy Parker

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Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241609933.

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Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597285.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597269.

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The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffman

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597064.

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Street Haunting by Virginia Woolf

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Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597048.

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The Star-Child by Oscar Wilde

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 024159703X.

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Reginald’s Christmas Revel by Saki

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597021.

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The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597013.

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The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597005.

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The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241573777.

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Ice by Anna Kavan

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597331.

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Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

Notes: Nov 3, 2022. ISBN 0241597366.

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"Spring" (2023)

Shooting An Elephant by George Orwell

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Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241630096.

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Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima

Notes: Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241620244. Translated by Geraldine Harcourt.

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Notes: Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241620236.

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Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler

Notes: Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241620228. Translated by JMQ Davies.

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Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

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Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241620031.

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Bliss by Katherine Mansfield

Notes: Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241619793.

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White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Notes: Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241619785.

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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Notes: Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241619742.

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A Spy in the House of Love by Anaïs Nin

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Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241614686.

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The Lagoon by Joseph Conrad

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Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241619777.

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Moonlight by Guy de Maupassant

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Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241619807. Translated by Sian Miles.

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About Love by Anton Chekhov

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Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241614686. Translated by Ronald Wilks.

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"Summer" (2023)

My Friend Maigret by Georges Simenon

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May 25, 2023. ISBN 0241630797.

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Notes: May 25, 2023. ISBN 0241630789.

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Nabokov’s Dozen by Vladimir Nabokov

Notes: May 25, 2023. ISBN 0241630886.

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Summer by Edith Wharton

Notes: May 25, 2023. ISBN 0241630819.

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Chess by Stefan Zweig

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May 25, 2023. ISBN 0241630827. Translated by Anthea Bell.

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The Fall by Albert Camus

Notes: May 25, 2023. ISBN 0241630770. Translated by Robin Buss.

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