PENGUIN VITAE NEW HARDCOVER SERIES: Penguin Classics presents Penguin Vitae, a new deluxe hardcover series featuring a dynamic landscape of classic fiction and nonfiction that have shaped the course of our readers’ lives. Penguin Vitae invites readers to find themselves in a diverse world of storytellers, with beautifully designed classic editions of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement and creative originality.
PENGUIN CLASSICS BOOK DESIGN: Penguin Vitae is a collectible series of vibrant foil stamped hardcovers with colored endpapers and high-quality paper. Penguin Vitae marks an exciting next chapter in our Classics hardcover series program, following the acclaimed series book designs of The Penguin Galaxy, Penguin Drop Caps, and Penguin Horror under Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, and the Clothbound Classics designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
CALL FOR DIVERSE CLASSICS: From campaigns such as #WeNeedDiverseBooks to
customer requests for beautiful hardcover editions of a wider representation of classic
authors, Penguin Vitae aims to provide an exciting and inclusive, highly collectible series
of beloved books ready for new discovery.
FOREWORD BY ELIF BATUMAN: Batuman is the bestselling author of The Idiot, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and has a new book forthcoming February 2021. She is also a staff writer at the New Yorker.
FEMINIST CLASSICS: This new edition of The Age of Innocence feature an introduction by Sarah Blackwood that casts the book in a more feminist light, and will sit alongside our growing list of new and reissued feminist classics, including Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, The Women’s Suffrage Movement, Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wall-Paper, and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.
“Wharton is not generally viewed as one of literature’s great optimists, and yet, by the last chapter of The Age of Innocence, people are a little less hypocritical, a little more willing to see and accept the world…. A larger life and more tolerant views: that’s the greatest promise the novel holds out to us, and it’s as necessary now as it was when Edith Wharton put it into words.”
—Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot, from the foreword
“Will writers ever recover that peculiar blend of security and alertness which characterizes Mrs. Wharton and her tradition?”
—E. M. Forster
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