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Penguin Special: The Story of Penguin Books and of the Man Who Changed Publishing Forever
     

Penguin Special: The Story of Penguin Books and of the Man Who Changed Publishing Forever

by Jeremy Lewis
 

“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

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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 changes the company wrought in cultural and political life in England and in the publishing industry worldwide, from the publication of Ulysses, with its attendant obscenity trial, to the Penguin Specials that alerted prewar Britain to the Nazi threat. Rich with anecdote and suffused with Lane's larger-than-life personality, Penguin Special touches on the entire twentieth century in its portrait of a man and a company that have changed the way the English- speaking world reads.

“Invaluable and fascinating.” —Nick Hornby, Time Out (London)
“Hugely enjoyable . . . Jeremy Lewis's biography is an extraordinarily vivid portrait of an extraordinary man.” —The Sunday Telegraph (London)
“The book is a triumph. His knowledge of the publishing world is unrivaled and this must be the best survey of the nuts-and-bolts of the industry ever devised.” —The Sunday Mail (U.K.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141024615
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.74(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jeremy Lewis spent much of his life working in publishing. He is the author of two highly-praised volumes of autobiography, Playing for Time and Kindred Spirits, and of biographies of Cyril Connolly and Tobias Smollett.

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