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A preview of these beautifully designed, tiny treasures.

The Little Black Classics range was launched in 2015, to celebrate Penguin’s 80th birthday. They are beautifully designed, complete little books to be collected, shared and given as gifts. The Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics from around the world and over the centuries. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.

  • Three chilling ghost stories tell of deadly premonitions, dreams intercepted and spectres bearing silent warnings.

  • A jealous lover's curse and an ingenious party trick feature in these two suspenseful stories set in Hardy's imaginary Wessex.

  • From the father of American literature, four sparkling comic tales of extraordinary animals and parables subverted.

  • Wilde's celebrated witticisms on the dangers of sincerity, duplicitous biographers, the stupidity of the English - and his own genius.

  • A tense, dramatic account of the Battle of Waterloo - and how a rain shower changed history - from Victor Hugo's epic novel Les Misérables.

  • Self-celebrating and self-mocking autobiographical writings from Ecce Homo, the last work iconoclastic German philosopher Nietzsche wrote before his descent into madness.

  • Mary Shelley's dark story of a bereaved man's disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father, and not published for over a century.

  • Arguing that a state's political power should lie with its people, these pieces from The Social Contract inspired the French revolution.

  • Two devastating Russian stories of solitude, unrequited love and depravity from beyond the grave.

  • Advice on marriage, foreign travel and much more from the irrepressible Margery Kempe: medieval pilgrim, visionary and creator of the first autobiography.

  • One of the Russian master's most popular and chilling stories tells of a young card player whose obsession with winning becomes a terrible curse.

  • Electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America's greatest writers.

  • Laying humanity bare, these two devastating stories ask: is it possible to have a good death? And what does it mean to truly live?

  • A gorgeous Vintage Classics edition of Virginia Woolf's lively, witty and insightful 'biography' of the cocker spaniel Flush, loyal companion to nineteenth century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Glittering with Austen's subversive young imagination, this wicked early novella features a devious, adulterous anti-heroine.

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