Essential Reading Trio

There’s a reason they call them the classics. Certain books are too good not to have read, and at the least, it’s important to have them on your shelf for later. This triple-pack of titles provides a year’s worth of pages, depending on your pace, and increases the prestige of any bookcase it’s placed in. All three are part of Penguin’s Clothbound Classics series, designed by award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith and bound in high-quality, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

Start with Charles Dicken’s Tale of Two Cities, an historical novel set in England and France during the French revolution. You remember Dickens – he’s the one who's not exactly known for his brevity. Once you’ve fully digested that, follow up with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the original whale of a tale and an allegory instilled into the heart of the sea. Save the good old-fashioned horror for last, with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and get an in-depth look at a real blood-sucker of a book.

  • Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities
  • Herman Melville, Moby Dick
  • Bram Stoker, Dracula

Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities is Charles Dicken’s most beloved book, and for good reason. His only work of historical fiction, it splits its time between nineteenth century London and Paris, and depicts the relations between the peasantry and the aristocracy and how violently the tables turned during the French revolution. Following the lives of a young woman, her two suitors, and her father, the novel expands and contracts with time, and has become one of the most important and influential books from the Victorian era.

  • Published by Penguin Classics
  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • Cover and Illustrations by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Moby Dick is the book you keep pretending to have read, but would actually benefit from reading. One part allegory, two parts sea-faring adventure, and three parts allegory again, this haunting, mesmerizing, and enthralling tale puts you up close with the consequences of obsession, and an encyclopedic understanding of whaling lore and legend. This edition is part of Penguin’s Clothbound Classics series, designed by award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith and bound in high-quality, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

  • Published by Penguin Classics
  • Hardcover
  • 720 pages
  • Illustrations by Coralie Bickford-Smith
  • Introduction by Andrew Delbanco
  • Explanatory commentary by Tom Quirk

Bram Stoker, Dracula
With a textured, foil-stamped clothbound cover designed by the award-wining Coralie Bickford-Smith, this reissue of the horror classic Dracula is ready to scare readers all over again. The blood-sucking story that launched a thousand more, the novel tells the story of Jonathan Harker and his mysterious client Count Dracula. It's a piece of Victorian history for the modern day monster enthusiast.

  • Published by Penguin Classics
  • Hardcover
  • 512 pages
  • Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith
  • Introduction and notes by Maurice Hindle
  • Preface by Christopher Frayling

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