Penguin Great Ideas


penguin great ideas

These are the 100 books in the Penguin ‘Great Ideas’ series 1-5. I mentioned no. 15, John Ruskin’s ‘On Art and Life’ in my last post as one of my recent purchases, and I also own a copy of the Plutarch book ‘In Consolation to His Wife’ from series 3 (the green). Some of the others sound of interest, and some don’t, but what strike me most are the covers- I think they are fantastic. Most of them consist mainly of text, with the title, the author, the title of the series and a quote from the book, but the way in which this is done I think is truly inspired, as each one relates to and fits the book so well. I particularly like this one:

Walter Benjamin - 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' No. 56 of 60, series 3

Walter Benjamin – ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ No. 56 of 60, series 3

I don’t know the book or indeed the author, but considering the title, I think that the cover is a masterstroke of design, truelly creating a work of art from a mechanically reproduced object and indeed image, that is then mechanically reproduced. A picture of the book itself becomes the image on the book. It’s also quite Warhol, when you think about it, and I think one of my favourites in terms of design from the set. The top image links to the Penguin minisite for the 5 series, so check it out and marvel at the cover art!





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