Reading Penguin : a Critical Anthology by George Donaldson, William Wootten

By George Donaldson, William Wootten

Based via Allen Lane in 1935, Penguin Books quickly turned the main learn writer within the uk and used to be synonymous with the British paperback. Making prime quality analyzing affordably on hand to hundreds of thousands, Penguin helped democratise interpreting. In so doing, Penguin performed an immense a part of the cultural and highbrow lifetime of the English talking global. For this booklet, which has its origins within the winning foreign convention held at Bristol college in 2010 to mark seventy five years of Penguin Books, acknowledged students from assorted fields research a number of elements of Penguin's importance and success. David Cannadine and Simon Eliot provide huge historic views of Penguin's position and influence. different students, together with Alistair McCleery, Kimberley Reynolds, Andrew Sanders, Claire Squires, Susie Harries, Andrew Nash, Tom Boll and William John Lyons research extra particularised topics. those variety from the breaking of the girl Chatterley ban to the visions of the long run contained in Puffin Books; from Penguin Classics to the scholarly and advertisement pursuits in publishers' anniversaries; from the artwork and architectural histories of Nikolaus Pevsner to the paintings and layout of Penguin covers; and from the interpretation of poetry to the transcription of the useless Sea Scrolls. jointly the essays depict a lot of what it used to be that made Penguin an important British publishing apartment of the 20 th century

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By the 1870s and 1880s flimsy and paperback publications were no longer a tiny minority in terms of the output of the printing and publishing trade. Let me make this clear by reference to a major trade journal of the time. Perhaps the most common distinction made by the book trade journals of the nineteenth century, The Publishers’ Circular (founded 1837) and The Bookseller (founded 1858), when they listed the books published in the preceding weeks, was between books in “cloth” and those that were “sewn”.

C. Skeat, 27-28. 15 See Victor E. Neuberg, Popular Literature (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1977), chapters 2, 3. 16 See Neuberg, Chapter 4. 17 Louis James, Fiction for the Working Man (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1974), 185. d). 19 The Wife’s Secret carried advertisements for books in parts on Male and Female costumes. 20 See endpapers of Davidson’s Shilling Volume of Cumberland’s Plays, Volume III, 1850. 21 See advertisements in Presented at Court [no. ). 23 Including “ Dolby’s British Theatre”, “Webster’s Acting National Drama”, G.

Faulkner, The Egyptian Book of the Dead. The Book of Going Forth by Day. The First Authentic Presentation of the Complete Papyrus of Ani (San Francisco: Chronicle Books,1994). 9 See Peter Howell, A Commentary on Book One of the Epigrams of Martial (London: Athlone Press, 1980), 1-5; D. R. ), Martial Epigrams, Vol. 1 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1993), 1-4. 10 See Peter Howell’s introduction to Martial, The Epigrams (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1978), 14. 11 Howell, A Commentary, 2.

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