November 30, 2005
New Releases: Great Ideas - Part I
A couple months ago, I saw a review in the Wall Street Journal about a new series that Penguin has put out. I would intrigued because they were small paperbacks of classic works. I got a set of the books in and I think they are marvelous (and have ever seen me use the word marvelous?).
There are 12 books in the series:
- The Christians and The Fall of Rome by Edward Gibbon
- Common Sense by Thomas Paine
- The Inner Life by Thomas Kempis
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- On Art and Life by John Ruskin
- On Friendship by Michel de Montaigne
- On Natural Selection by Charles Darwin
- On the Pleasure of Hating by William Hazlitt
- On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
- The Prince by Niccolo Macchiavelli
- Why I Am So Wise by Friedrich Nietzsche
- Why I Write by George Orwell
This series is one Penguin US imported from their counterparts in the UK. Tomorrow, I am going to post a Q&A with Simon Winder, the UK editor that ushered these to bookshelves.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.