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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.

Popular Little Black Classics books (15)

  • This playful, witty biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's pet spaniel - involving Italian travels and kidnappings - asks what it is to be a dog, and a human.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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