Penguin Little Black Classics

Penguin is launching a new range of short classics, called Little Black Classics costing just 80p each, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books.

80 titles each with 64 pages will be released in February 2015 and include short stories, poetry, essays, drama and histories, all complete and unabridged.

Penguin described the series as “beautifully designed, complete mini books to be collected, shared and enjoyed”, adding that the titles showcase the “enormous range and diversity of the world-renowned Penguin Classics list . . . across continents, eras and genres.”

There will be “unfamiliar works from very familiar authors”, including Jane Austen’s The Beautifull Cassandra, Charles Dickens’ The Great Winglebury Duel, John Keats’ The Eve of St Agnes, and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. “Surprising” writers on the list include composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; My Dearest Father is a collection of the composer’s personal correspondence with his father.

The list also features 48 translated texts—from languages including Persian, Chinese, Greek, Russian and Arabic—including Virgil’s O Cruel Alexis and 17th-century Chinese writer Pu Songling’s Wailing Ghosts.