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New novel by Thomas Harris William Heinemann No title as yet, but the first in 13 years from the creator of Hannibal Lecter will be a standalone thriller. Six months later, Lane severed the connection with the Bodley Head and set out on his own, helped by his brothers Dick and John. Penguins may have been selling by the ton, but they were warehoused in the crypt of Holy Trinity, Marylebone. Many of the early titles were said to have smelt strongly of mice: a wedding service in the church above was rudely interrupted when a packer hammered his thumb by mistake and unleashed a four-letter oath.
The lavatory consisted of a bucket, emptied into the graveyard after work: an outraged council official threatened to close the place down, and in Penguin moved to brand-new offices in Harmondsworth. Penguin may have started out as a reprint publisher, but before long Lane was publishing original works as well. Pelicans, many of them specially commissioned, were written by experts for the layman: the list was supervised initially by the ascetic, wild-eyed socialist Krishna Menon, who was said to drink cups of tea a day and became, years later, India's foreign minister. Penguin Specials, often written and published in a matter of weeks, covered issues such as the Spanish Civil War, rearmament and the persecution of the Jews in Germany; Nikolaus Pevsner edited the illustrated hardback King Penguins, much sought after nowadays by collectors.
The war made Penguin into a national institution. Thanks to the phenomenal success of Penguin Specials, Lane's paper quota was far larger than those of his envious rivals, and he used it to good effect. He gave his backing to John Lehmann's Penguin New Writing, perhaps the finest literary magazine of its time; to Kenneth Clark's Penguin Modern Painters, which made the work of contemporary British artists available in colour and in paperback; and to EV Rieu's bestselling translation of the Odyssey, the first of the Penguin Classics.
Puffins pioneered paperbacks for children, and schemes were set up to send paperbacks to the Forces and to prisoners of war. A mischievous, quixotic, curiously reserved and elusive character, Lane combined ruthlessness with acts of hidden generosity, courage with moral cowardice.
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He took people up on a whim, and had no compunction about sacking them if their faces didn't fit: getting rid of them was left to his hatchet men, and at the moment of execution he would let himself out of the building by a back door and bustle off in the direction of the car park. He loathed meetings and committees and paperwork: he commissioned Buildings of England after doing a few calculations on the margin of his newspaper, happily justified the odd loss-making venture with a cry of "swings and roundabouts", and outraged a serious-minded German visitor by holding an editorial meeting in a rowing boat, well lubricated with gin.
During the s and s, as Penguin grew ever larger, Lane devoted too much of his time to byzantine office politics, and found himself increasingly out of sympathy with the changing world of publishing. Like many other tycoons, he tantalised his colleagues with talk of retirement and taking a back seat, but had no intention of ever giving up.
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His decision to publish Lady Chatterley's Lover brought him acclaim and riches, as well as paving the way for the permissive society. The book was prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act, and the case was heard at the Old Bailey. The judge's wife, who strongly disapproved, sat alongside him on the bench; the offending volume was delivered in a black velvet bag, with the offending passages heavily underscored in purple. The Director of Public Prosecutions' office was plainly baffled by the book, taking DH Lawrence to task for not telling the reader about Lady Chatterley's everyday life and "whether she rode, hunted, played tennis or golf", and it was generally agreed that the prosecuting counsel's asking the jury whether this was "a book you would want your wife or your servants to read" was a turning-point in the trial.
Penguin's solicitors had written to a long list of well-known writers to seek their support - they included Enid Blyton, whose "husband said NO at once" - and 36 "expert witnesses" spoke up for the novel in court.
After its acquittal, it went on to sell more than three million copies; Penguin became a public company and its founder a millionaire. Since Lane's death in , Penguin has lost its monopoly and become like any other large publishing conglomerate. But he remains the greatest publisher of the age, and his brief but busy life brought pleasure and improvement to millions around the world.
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He learned it off by heart and was reciting it when he had an epiphany, which led to his idea of a rotating magnetic field and ultimately his invention of alternating current. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was the daughter of the radical writers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, but she never knew her mother, who died when she was ten days old. Byron suggested a ghost story competition and Mary, 18 years old at the time, based her contribution on a terrifying waking dream:.
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I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. She worked her short story into her famous novel, which she first published anonymously in After her mother and two older sisters died, she was educated at home with her three surviving siblings, Emily, Branwell and Anne.
Jane Eyre is the story of an independent-spirited but lonely governess who falls in love with her Byronic employer, Mr. Rochester, only to uncover a dreadful secret. Morris was a wallpaper designer, furniture craftsman, embroiderer, poet, translator of Icelandic sagas, businessman, socialist, conservationist and publisher. He has woken into a socialist utopia, an agrarian society with no private property, no authority, no money and no class system: he takes a boat trip up the Thames to explore this perfect, future world.
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