"This year, so far, I have read Penguin Classics editions of Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Monk, The Turn of the Screw, Melmoth the Wanderer, What Maise Knew, and Moby Dick. I can actually imagine a world without Penguin Classics. But I don't want to."
"As a poet, I seldom find that any edition I seek is better served than by Penguin ClassicsCatullus, Chaucerturn to the black-spined book."
"Novelists need the great classic novels to inspire them and show how it should be done. I have to go back to Dickens and Trollope and Tolstoy at regular intervals. Graham Greene said that a writer should read one of Henry James' novels at least once in every two months to make sure that novel writing is something worth doing. They are all there the great novels I need and the poetry and plays in Penguin Classics and each one at a price considerably less than you'd pay for lunch. This is an invaluable collection and I am very grateful to it."
"Throughout my adult life, one might find my bookmark in a book that bore
the oval logo of a penguin which came to mean fine literature from which
I would learn and grow and become so passionately enchanted by that I
had to share it.
Penguin Classics accompanied me through thirty years of high school
teaching. Everything great and good that I had the privilege of passing
along to the younger generation was offered in a Penguin Classics
edition with astute and thorough introductions helpful to students and
to me. My favoritesHuckleberry Finn, Grapes of Wrath, The Scarlet
Letter, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Canterbury Tales, Hamlet, Tess
of the D'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscurehave taught us what is beautiful
and worthy in life, what to care about and reach for, how to live. Those
lines I loved to meet again rolling off my tongue into the minds of high
school seniors lay waiting for me each term behind the oval penguin.
Now, I find Penguin Classics shaping me as a writer and feeding my
intellectual hungers with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The
Dubliners, Madame Bovary, Letters of Abélard and Hèloïse, Vasari's Lives
of the Artists, Letters of Vincent van Gogh. One might even say that the
life of my mind has beat with Penguin Classics".
"I am a devoted, closet Penguin Classic reader. Having had to major in chemistry, math, physics in college in preparation for medical school, I've had to play catch-up in respect to literature. My bedside table always has a Penguin Classic, which at the moment is Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham. More often than not when I settle in for the night, it is the Penguin Classic I reach for rather than the current best seller!"