The most inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining books of all time

A brief history of Vintage Classics

Vintage Classics is a prestigious, stylish and much-loved classics list that houses the finest writers of the past alongside the outstanding writers of today.

Known for our distinctive and elegant cover design, the red spines of Vintage Classics paperbacks have become a hallmark for the most inspiring and entertaining fiction and non-fiction from around the world.

As well as publishing the likes of Homer, Dante, Austen and Dickens, and the very best translated fiction from Dostoevsky to Calvino, our unrivalled list of 20th century classics includes such universally recognised names as Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene, Richard Yates, Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Heller, Iris Murdoch, Kurt Vonnegut and Angela Carter.

Vintage Children’s Classics nurtures an excitement for the very best fiction from an early age, with beautiful editions that appeal to younger readers and the adults in their lives.

Books published by Vintage Classics include:

Joseph Heller


Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Richard Yates

Revolutionary Road

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment

Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Angela Carter

The Bloody Chamber & Other Stories

Graham Greene

Brighton Rock

Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

The Vintage Classics list

Exceptional design

Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

World-class translations

War & Peace Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Rediscovered gems

Stoner John Williams

City on Fire

The Iliad, Homer

Translated by Caroline Alexander
A stunning new translation of Homer’s great war epic, the legendary tale of honour, love, loss and revenge during the Trojan War.

Find out more about The Iliad

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