Penguin’s Little Black Classics

Emboldened = ones I own!

  1. Mrs Rosie and the Priest by GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO
  2. As kingfishers catch fire by GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
  3. The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue
  4. On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by THOMAS DE QUINCEY
  5. Aphorisms on Love and Hate by FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
  6. Traffic by JOHN RUSKIN
  7. Wailing Ghosts by PU SONGLING
  8. A Modest Proposal by JONATHAN SWIFT
  9. Three Tang Dynasty Poets
  10. On the Beach at Night Alone by WALT WHITMAN
  11. A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees by KENKO
  12. How to Use Your Enemies by BALTASAR GRACIÁN
  13. The Eve of St Agnes by JOHN KEATS
  14. Woman Much Missed by THOMAS HARDY
  15. Femme Fatale by GUY DE MAUPASSANT
  16. Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls by MARCO POLO
  17. Caligula by SUETONIUS
  18. Jason and Medea by APOLLONIUS OF RHODES
  19. Olalla by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
  20. The Communist Manifesto by KARL MARX & FRIEDRICH ENGELS (review)
  21. Trimalchio’s Feast by PETRONIUS
  22. How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher’s Dog by JOHANN PETER HEBEL
  23. The Tinder Box by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
  24. The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows by RUDYARD KIPLING
  25. Circles of Hell by DANTE
  26. Of Street Piemen by HENRY MAYHEW
  27. The nightingales are drunk by HAFEZ
  28. The Wife of Bath by GEOFFREY CHAUCER
  29. How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing by MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
  30. The Terrors of the Night by THOMAS NASHE
  31. The Tell-Tale Heart by EDGAR ALLAN POE
  32. A Hippo Banquet by MARY KINGSLEY
  33. The Beautifull Cassandra by JANE AUSTEN (review)
  34. Gooseberries by ANTON CHEKHOV
  35. Well, they are gone, and here must I remain by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
  36. Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings by JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
  37. The Great Winglebury Duel by CHARLES DICKENS
  38. The Maldive Shark by HERMAN MELVILLE
  39. The Old Nurse’s Story by ELIZABETH GASKELL
  40. The Steel Flea by NIKOLAY LESKOV
  41. The Atheist’s Mass by HONORÉ DE BALZAC
  42. The Yellow Wall-Paper by CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN
  43. Remember, Body… by C.P. CAVAFY
  44. The Meek One by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
  45. A Simple Heart by GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
  46. The Nose by NIKOLAI GOGOL
  47. The Great Fire of London by SAMUEL PEPYS
  48. The Reckoning by EDITH WHARTON
  49. The Figure in the Carpet by HENRY JAMES
  50. Anthem for Doomed Youth by WILFRED OWEN
  51. My Dearest Father by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
  52. Socrates’ Defence by PLATO
  53. Goblin Market by CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
  54. Sindbad the Sailor
  55. Antigone by SOPHOCLES
  56. The Life of a Stupid Man by RYŪNOSUKE AKUTAGAWA
  57. How Much Land Does A Man Need? by LEO TOLSTOY
  58. Leonardo da Vinci by GIORGIO VASARI
  59. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by OSCAR WILDE
  60. The Old Man of the Moon by SHEN FU
  61. The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon by AESOP
  62. Lips too chilled by MATSUO BASHŌ
  63. The Night is Darkening Round Me by EMILY BRONTË
  64. To-morrow by JOSEPH CONRAD
  65. The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Around the Whole Globe by RICHARD HAKLUYT
  66. A Pair of Silk Stockings by KATE CHOPIN
  67. It was snowing butterflies by CHARLES DARWIN
  68. The Robber Bridegroom by BROTHERS GRIMM
  69. I Hate and I Love by CATULLUS
  70. Circe and the Cyclops by HOMER
  71. Il Duro by D. H. LAWRENCE
  72. Miss Brill by KATHERINE MANSFIELD
  73. The Fall of Icarus by OVID
  74. Come Close by SAPPHO (Review)
  75. Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands by IVAN TURGENEV
  76. O Cruel Alexis by VIRGIL
  77. A Slip under the Microscope by H. G. WELLS
  78. The Madness of Cambyses by HERODOTUS
  79. Speaking of Śiva
  80. The Dhammapada
  81. Lady Susan by JANE AUSTEN
  82. The Body Politic by JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
  83. The World is Full of Foolish Men by JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
  84. The Sea Raiders by H.G. WELLS
  85. Hannibal by LIVY
  86. To Be Read at Dusk by CHARLES DICKENS
  87. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by LEO TOLSTOY
  88. The Stolen White Elephant by MARK TWAIN
  89. Tyger, Tyger by WILLIAM BLAKE
  90. Green Tea by SHERIDAN LE FANU
  91. The Yellow Book
  92. Kidnapped by OLAUDAH EQUIANO
  93. A Modern Detective by EDGAR ALLAN POE
  94. The Suffragettes
  95. How To Be a Medieval Woman by MARGERY KEMPE
  96. Typhoon by JOSEPH CONRAD
  97. The Nun of Murano by GIACOMO CASANOVA
  98. A terrible beauty is born by W.B. YEATS
  99. The Withered Arm by THOMAS HARDY
  100. Nonsense by EDWARD LEAR
  101. The Frogs by ARISTOPHANES
  102. Why I Am so Clever by FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
  103. Letters to a Young Poet by RAINER MARIA RILKE
  104. Seven Hanged by LEONID ANDREYEV
  105. Oroonoko by APHRA BEHN
  106. O frabjous day! by LEWIS CARROLL
  107. Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London by JOHN GAY
  108. The Sandman by E. T. A. HOFFMANN
  109. Love that moves the sun and other stars by DANTE
  110. The Queen of Spades by ALEXANDER PUSHKIN
  111. A Nervous Breakdown by ANTON CHEKHOV
  112. The Book of Tea by KAKUZO OKAKURA
  113. Is this a dagger which I see before me? by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
  114. My life had stood a loaded gun by EMILY DICKINSON
  115. Daphnis and Chloe by LONGUS
  116. Matilda by MARY SHELLEY
  117. The Lifted Veil by GEORGE ELIOT
  118. White Nights by FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
  119. Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast by OSCAR WILDE
  120. Flush by VIRGINIA WOOLF
  121. Lot No. 249 by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
  122. The Rule of Benedict
  123. Rip Van Winkle by WASHINGTON IRVING
  124. Anecdotes of the Cynics
  125. Waterloo by VICTOR HUGO
  126. Stancliffe’s Hotel by CHARLOTTE BRONTË
  127. The Constitution of the United States

The titles were copied from Penguin themselves, which is why the author’s are in caps. I highly recommend the Little Black Classics – they are all £1 or £2, and can be bought on Amazon too.

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