2011 is the 50th anniversary of Penguin Modern Classics!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Penguin Modern Classics, Penguin has published 50 Penguin Mini Modern Classics: the best short fiction by the greatest writers of the last century. From Beckett to Kafka, Nabokov to Saki and Updike to Wodehouse.

Below are a series of videos all about the Mini Modern Classics.

The first clip shows the making of the Mini Modern Classics – from the initial discussions all the way to the finished copies on our bookshelves, via the printers.


Here’s the second clip, showing the origins of the Penguin Mini Modern Classics: how two very modern authors (one of them writing over a century ago) inspired the collection and why Penguin chose to republish the greatest collection of short fiction in the English-speaking world in this format.


And finally, the third clip. This time we meet the Copy-editor for all fifty books, and discover all the people who have to read each story.


And just for fun… you’ve got to watch this!


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