Great gift idea for me!
Amazon.com just had the most brilliant idea of their corporate life: The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection.From the web site:
The Penguin Classics list is an organic thing: new books are brought into the series and others are removed as tastes and interest in literature evolve. Penguin's ability to react to the always-evolving universe of great literature is one of the many things that has made Penguin the leader in classics publishing.Now, for the first time, the entire line of Penguin Classics is available in one complete collection for home, office, or institutional libraries. For 2005, the Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection consists of 1,082 titles, all great works of literature totaling nearly half a million pages.It's tough being a bibliophile when great deals like this come along leaving me unable to afford the $8,000 to cash in. I guess I'll just have to go about it at by using the 1-at-a-time method--the only problem is that I won't get the $5,327.75 savings that comes by buying in bulk.(Be sure to check out this Wall Street Journal article about the offer.)
From Edwin A. Abbott to Emile Zola, the 1,082 titles in the Penguin Classics Complete Library total nearly half a million pages--laid end to end they would hit the 52-mile mark. Approximately 700 pounds in weight, the titles would tower 828 feet if you stacked them atop each other--almost as tall as the Empire State Building.