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Penguin Modern Classics: The Complete List: The Complete List (Mini Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

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'A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers' from Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino

Penguin Modern Classics have been shaping the reading habits of generations since 1961. This 50th anniversary catalogue offers a complete list of all the titles in print across the Modern Classics list, from Chinua Achebe to Stefan Zweig via George Orwell and everything else in between. It also contains Italo Calvino's inspiring essay on what makes a classic a classic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (15 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By nikki
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm sure, reading other reviews, that this is an invaluable book. However, buy the paperback rather than the kindle edition. It is very difficult to use, the formatting has not transferred to Kindle well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy It. 12 Feb. 2011
A fantastic pocket-sized list of the best of the best of modern writing; listed alphabetically both by author and title. (And the Mini Modern Classics section at the back of the book is great for novella fans such as myself!) Completing all this is an essay on Modern Classics by Italo Calvino, giving as many different definitions and perspectives as needed.

A must-buy for anyone wishing to be better-read, and at one pound it's a bargain!

(Michael Vale)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little List 4 April 2011
By Maddie
This is a really useful little book. Not much needs to be said about it, as it basically does what it says on the tin. It's a nice, compact little book that lists all the Penguin Modern Classics, first alphabetically by author, then by title. The article by Italo Calvino is very interesting, and I think it's a nice touch that it was included.

Obviously the price is excellent, so the book makes a great little buy for whatever reason you may have. Personally one of my aims in life is to try and read all the Penguin Modern Classics, so this book is like a little to-do list for me, but I think it would be useful to any avid reader or book collector.

As I mentioned, it's nice and compact, by which I mean small (around 16cm by 11cm) so it can fit in a handbag or even, at a push, a pocket, always convenient.

I hadn't realised when I purchased it, but this book is actually very up-to-date. Some books listed in it are marked as being 'forthcoming' after March 2011, so not only is it up-to-date, but it will also continue to be for a little while, by including future releases.

All this adds up to making a very useful book. It's not a book you buy to read, as such, as it is essentially a list, but it's certainly one worth having on the shelf, and I shall be keeping an eye out for a list of the Penguin Popular Classics too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Books v Cigarettes 2 Nov. 2013
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This small pamphlet is a very convenient list of the Penguin Modern Classics, organized by author and by title, along with a very short essay by George Orwell titled "Books v Cigarettes." Orwell argues that the average man (in England) spends more on cigarettes than books, and that books are therefore not an expensive luxury. And of course, Penguin proved him correct.
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