Tuesday, August 02, 2011

of penguins and greek sailors




"The first Penguin edition of EV Rieu's translation of Homer had a Greek sailor on the cover, with a disclaimer inside: "Not an authentic depiction of a Greek sailor". They then put a penguin on the cover instead – but forgot to change the disclaimer." 
This bit in Katherine Whitehorn's column in this week's Observer made me inordinately happy.  

7 comments:

  1. I love this! How stupid and delightful!

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  2. Oh man that makes me laugh! I'm reading a (recent) Penguin edition of The Iliad right now, so it's even better!

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  3. I LOVE little things like that!

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play nice.