Penguin Little Clothbound Classics
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”.
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.
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.
Shooting An Elephant by George Orwell
Anticipated Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241630096.
Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima
Notes: Anticipated Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241620244.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Notes: Anticipated Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241620236.
Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler
Notes: Anticipated Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241620228.
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Anticipated Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241620031.
Bliss by Katherine Mansfield
Notes: Anticipated Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241619793.
White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Notes: Anticipated Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241619785.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Notes: Anticipated Feb 23, 2023. ISBN 0241619742.
Details coming soon…