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Penguin Special: The Life and Times of Allen Lane

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A masterly account of publishing in the twentieth century . . . A brilliant soap opera. - New Statesman (London)

The founding of Penguin Books in 1935 revolutionized the publishing industry with the idea that great writing ought to be made available for the price of a pack of cigarettes. In telling the story of Penguin and its founder, Allen Lane, Jeremy Lewis traces the
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Ethan Casey
Jeremy Lewis, who is currently working on a biography of David Astor, the great editor of the once-great British newspaper The Observer, has written several books documenting the literate English-speaking twentieth century. Penguin Special is an entry in that multi-book project, an essential chronicle of a once-ubiquitous and highly influential and distinctive British institution.

Until Penguin perhaps inevitably became, as Lewis puts it near the end of the book, just another corporate publisher
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Mark Bailey
I was put off by the cad-ness of Allen Lane. But the review promising a nuts and bolts of the publishing industry in those days says I should read.
Christopher Hurtado
Penguin Special: The Story of Allen Lane, the Founder of Penguin Books and the Man Who Changed Publishing Forever by Jeremy Lewis (2006)
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