Penguin Modern Box Set
This box set of the 50 books in the new Penguin Modern series celebrates the pioneering spirit of the Penguin Modern Classics list and its iconic authors.
Including avant-garde essays, radical polemics, newly translated poetry and great fiction, here are brilliant and diverse voices from across the globe.
Ground-breaking and original in their day, their words still have the power to move, challenge and inspire.
Each little book in the Penguin Modern series offers a concentrated hit of its author’s work. From complete stories to essays and speeches to poems, these books celebrate the groundbreaking writers who today define the radical spirit of Penguin Modern Classics
LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
This landmark missive from one of the greatest activists in history calls for direct, non-violent resistance in the fight against racism, and reflects on the healing power of love.
TELEVISION WAS A BABY CRAWLING TOWARD THAT DEATHCHAMBER
Profane and prophetic verses about sex, death, revolution and America by the great icon of Beat poetry.
DAPHNE DU MAURIER
A scientist's attempt to solve the mystery of life after death has chilling consequences, in this eerie tale from a virtuoso writer of suspense.
THE CUSTARD HEART
Wise-cracking and heartbreaking, these tales of women on the edge by the legendary wit Dorothy Parker show the darkness beneath the surface of the Jazz Age.
THREE JAPANESE SHORT STORIES
AKUTAGAWA & OTHERS
Three beguiling, strange, funny and hair-raising tales of imprisonment, memory and atrocity from early twentieth-century Japan.
THE VEILED WOMAN
Transgressive desires and sexual encounters are recounted in these four pieces from one of the greatest writers of erotic fiction.
NOTES ON NATIONALISM
Biting and timeless reflections on patriotism, prejudice and power, from the man who wrote about his nation better than anyone.
From apples to artichokes, these glittering, fragmented, painterly portraits of food by the avant-garde pioneer Gertrude Stein are redolent of sex, laughter and the joy of everyday life.
THE THREE ELECTROKNIGHTS
From a giant of twentieth-century science fiction, these four miniature space epics feature crazy inventors, surreal worlds, robot kings and madcap machines.
THE GREAT HUNGER
By turns tragic and comic, irascible and exalted, these are some of the most beloved poems by a writer who transformed Irish verse.
THE LEGEND OF THE SLEEPERS
Sleepers awake in a remote cave and the ancient mystic Simon Magus attempts a miracle, in these two magical, otherworldly tales from one of the greatest voices of twentieth-century Europe.
THE BLACK BALL
Stories of belonging and alienation, violence and beauty, racial injustice and unexpected kindness, from a writer of soaring emotion and lyricism.
TILL SEPTEMBER PETRONELLA
Four searing stories of women - lost, adrift, down but not quite out - that span the course of a lifetime, from a Caribbean childhood to ruinous adulthood, to old age and beyond.
INVESTIGATIONS OF A DOG
How does a dog see the world? How do any of us? In this playful and enigmatic story of a canine philosopher, Kafka explores the limits of knowledge.
DAYDREAM AND DRUNKENNESS OF A YOUNG LADY
Three intoxicating tales of three women - their secret desires, fears and madness - from a giant of Brazilian literature.
AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR TOOTHPASTE
The great traveller-reporter finds an even stranger and more exotic society in his own home of post-war Poland than in any of the distant lands he has visited.
Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot, in his powerful Nobel Prize speech and lecture.
In these searing stories set in California's Salinas Valley, one of America's greatest, most humane writers explores mob violence, a disturbing encounter and a bitter betrayal.
I HAVE MORE SOULS THAN ONE
Written in the voices of four different fictional alter egos, these rich, strange and mesmeric verses by Portugal's greatest poet express a maelstrom of conflicted thoughts and feelings.
THE MISSING GIRL
Malice, paranoia and creeping dread lie beneath the surface of ordinary American life in these chilling miniature masterworks of unease.
FOUR RUSSIAN SHORT STORIES
GAZDANOV & OTHERS
In these stories, four writers - all exiles from revolutionary Russia - explore four deaths in a world in which old certainties have crumbled.
THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON
These exuberant, endlessly inventive stories interweave scientific fact with wordplay, whimsy and cosmic flights of fancy in a strange and wondrous universe.
THE MASTER'S TOOLS WILL NEVER DISMANTLE THE MASTER'S HOUSE
From the self-described 'black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet', these soaring, urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger are filled with darkness and light.
THE SKELETON'S HOLIDAY
These dreamlike, carnivalesque fables by one of the leading lights of the Surrealist movement are masterpieces of invention and grand-guignol humour.
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
A deliberately severed finger, a junky's Christmas miracle and a Tangier con-artist, among others, feature in these hallucinogenic sketches and stories from the infamous Beat legend.
From the master of the absurd, these two stories of unnamed vagrants contending with decay and death combine bleakness with the blackest of humour.
NEW YORK CITY IN 1979
A tale of art, sex, blood, junkies and whores in New York's underground, from cult literary icon Kathy Acker.
AFRICA'S TARNISHED NAME
Electrifying essays on the history, complexity and appropriation of a continent, from the father of modern African literature.
NOTES ON CAMP
These two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture, and made Susan Sontag a literary sensation.
THE RED TENDA OF BOLOGNA
A dreamlike meditation on memory, food, paintings, a fond uncle and the improbable beauty of Bologna, from the visionary thinker and art critic.
A middle-aged woman breaks with her young lover; a husband is suspected of infidelity; a dying man reflects on his extramarital affairs, in these shimmering, bittersweet tales of desire and disillusionment.
Untrustworthy, charming Fussy Joe spins tall tales and breaks hearts in this rollicking story set in the 'sensational city' of 1960s Lagos.
PIERS OF THE HOMELESS NIGHT
Soaring, freewheeling snapshots of life on the road across America, from the Beat writer who inspired a generation.
WHY DO YOU WEAR A CHEAP WATCH?
Darkly funny, streetwise tales of low-lifes, grifters and ordinary people trying to make ends meet in pre-War Germany.
THE DUKE IN HIS DOMAIN
This mesmerizing profile of an insecure, vulnerable young Marlon Brando, brooding in a Kyoto hotel during a break from filming, is a peerless piece of journalism.
LEAVING THE YELLOW HOUSE
A stubborn, hard-drinking elderly woman living in a desert town finds herself faced with an impossible choice, in this caustically funny, precisely observed tale from an American prose master.
THE CRACKED LOOKING-GLASS
KATHERINE ANNE PORTER
A passionate, unfulfilled woman considers her life and her marriage in this moving novella by one of America's finest short story writers.
Drawing on Baldwin's own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, these searing essays blend the intensely personal with the political to envisage a better world.
LETTER TO MY MOTHER
Georges Simenon's stark, confessional letter to his dead mother explores the complexity of parent-child relationships and the bitterness of things unsaid.
DEATH THE BARBER
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
Filled with bright, unforgettable images, the deceptively simple work of William Carlos Williams revolutionized American verse, and made him one of the greatest twentieth-century poets.
THE PROBLEM THAT HAS NO NAME
The pioneering Betty Friedan gave voice to countless American housewives - who, despite being sold a dream of the perfect home and family, silently wondered 'Is this all?' - and set the women's movement in motion.
THE DIALOGUE OF TWO SNAILS
FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA
A dazzling selection of the beautiful, brutal and darkly brilliant work of Spain's greatest twentieth-century poet, from his beloved Gypsy Ballads to pieces appearing in English for the first time.
OF DOGS AND WALLS
Two luminous, tender stories from one of Japan's greatest twentieth-century writers, showing how childhood memories, dreams and fleeting encounters shape our lives.
MADAME DU DEFFAND AND THE IDIOTS
Five sparkling, irreverent brief portraits of famous literary figures (including libertines, eccentrics and rogues) from Spain's greatest living writer.
THE HAUNTED BOY
These moving stories by one of the great masters of Southern gothic portray love, sorrow and our search for happiness and understanding.
THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS
JORGE LUIS BORGES
Fantastical tales of mazes, puzzles, lost labyrinths and bookish mysteries, from the unique imagination of a literary magician.
The legendary pop artist Andy Warhol's hilarious, gossipy vignettes and aphorisms on the topics of love, fame and beauty.
From the writer who bore witness to the twentieth century's darkest days, these verses of beauty and horror include the poem that inspired the title of his memoir, If This Is a Man.
These three dazzling stories of obsession, mania and an extra-terrestrial nightmare feature all the wit, dexterity and inventiveness that are the hallmarks of Nabokov's genius.
WHY I AM NOT GOING TO BUY A COMPUTER
The great American poet, novelist and farmer argues for a life lived slowly, and the value of home.