for the Day 30th
1935: the first Penguin paperback books go on sale in Britain. The ten
titles that launched the list were divided between crime novels (in green
covers), general fiction (in orange) and biography (in dark blue), and
all were by contemporary authors, including Ernest Hemingway, André
Maurois, Compton Mackenzie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie. In
fact, it was a visit to Agatha Christie that first gave Allen Lane the
idea of publishing very cheap reprints of popular contemporary literature,
because he hadnt been able to find anything he wanted to read at
the station booksellers for his train journey home. The genius behind
the name Penguin was Joan Coles, Allen Lanes secretary, who came
up with it when her boss said he was looking for a series title, taken
from an animal or bird, that was dignified but flippant.
Allen Lane retired in 1969 after the publication of the 3,000th Penguin
title, which was Joyces Ulysses as a Penguin Modern Classic
(appropriately, since the first title in the Penguin Classics series had
been E.V. Rieus translation of the Odyssey in 1946).
Shall I compare thee to the
force that is the question whether water everywhere than I have ever done
At Fahrenheit 451
The fire and the rose are one.
They also serve who only stand
and in our time play many mene tekel upharsin e qua non
At Fahrenheit 451
The fire and the rose are
We walked reciting poetry
beside the frozen lake.
Snow lay on branches, ash fell in flakes.
All that the dead see, all that they feel and they think,
Happiness writes in invisible ink.
When I consider how my light
behaves as particle and wave they are all gone into the world where nothing
comes of nothing like the sun
At Fahrenheit 451,
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