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Penguin have stylishly re-worked their classic books in 2012 to celebrate sixty five years in the business. The leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world, Penguin have used innovative designs to enhance the aesthetic of well-loved books such as Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. In addition, readers can now access Penguin Enriched eBook Classics, reaching the series in all formats. Celebrating traditional yet contemporary, Penguin have focused on a selection of Enhanced and Amplified Classics.

Penguin-Image-1.jpgJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Couture Deluxe Edition
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The collection includes; Deluxe Editions, Enriched Ebooks, Couture Deluxe Editions, Graphic Deluxe Editions, Penguin Ink, Penguin Threads, Fitzgerald Classics, Great Foods, Complete Annotated Catalog and Hardcover Classics.

Penguin-Image-2.jpgBridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding. Penguin Ink
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There are six titles to be explored in the Couture Deluxe Editions for example, a set designed by highly acclaimed fashion designer Ruben Toledo. Couture Deluxe Editions consist of “Jane Eyre”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “Dracula”, “The Scarlet Letter”, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Wuthering Heights”. Each volume features luxurious detail such as French flaps and covers in oil, watercolor or pencil.

Penguin-Image-3.jpgBleak House by Charles Dickens. Hardcover Classics

Hardcover Classics on the other hand celebrate the timeless simplicity of Penguin Classics with striking editions created by designer Coralie Bickford-Smith. Bickford-Smith is also responsible for the Fitzgerald Classics, a set that refer to the Jazz Era, highlighting an art deco feel. Elle Magazine UK is quoted to proclaim this to be “as glamorous as the very best F. Scott Fitzgerald parties – but without the hangover”.

In contrast and with a definite nod to the modern era, Penguin Ink samples the work of tattoo and illustration artists celebrating the strength of graphic design. Designers involved include Bert Krak, Tara McPherson, Pepa Heller and Grez. This is arguably the boldest of the art on display with strong, eye-catching imagery shining through.

Penguin-Image-4.jpgTales of the Jazz Age. F Scott Fitzgerald.

The works covered in Penguin’s celebratory collection bring their classics bang up-to-date, providing sought after items both for collectors and for the everyday. Emphasizing the integral link between timeless and trendy, Penguin offers a design for all, be it classical or current.