Fri, October 19, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
The secret history of Penguin Books is mainly the story of Allen Lane, who founded the publishing firm in 1935. The Penguin series became famous before World War II with the publication of red-covered Penguin Specials that alerted the British public to the menace of Hitler. During the war Penguins became soldiers' companions throughout the world. But later Penguin would test the boundaries of propriety with the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover. The ensuing controversy would land AllenJeremy Lewis has spent much of his working life as a London publisher, but has been a freelance writer and editor since 1989. The author of three volumes of autobiography, he has also published the authorized biography of Cyril Connolly, and the life of Tobias Smollett. Penguin Special: The Life and Times of Allen Lane is his most recent book. He is the Editor-at-Large of the Literary Review, and is currently writing a book about Graham Greene and his family.