Penguin Books #OnThisDay

On 30th of July 1935 the first Penguin book was published. It was a sea change in publishing and it meant books could be within the price range of thousands of more people.

Ariel by Andre Maurois Penguin Books, Victoria and Albert Museum

Penguin Books was co-founded in 1935 by Allen Lane with his brothers Richard and John, as a line of the publishers The Bodley Head, only becoming a separate company the following year.

The first 10 books published were:

  1. Ariel By Andre Maurois
  2. A Farewell to Arms By Ernest Hemingway
  3. Poet’s Pub By Eric Linklater
  4. Madame Claire By Susan Ertz
  5. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club By Dorothy L. Sayers
  6. The Mysterious Affair By Agatha Christie
  7. Twenty-Five By Beverley Nichols
  8. William By E.H. Young
  9. Gone to Earth By Mary Webb
  10. Carnival By Compton Mackenzie

Penguin Books is now an imprint of the worldwide Penguin Random House, a conglomerate formed in 2013 by its merger with American publisher Random House, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann.

For many, their first paperback books, would have been Penguins.

The logo was the inspirational work of 21 year old Edward Young. You can read about that story here: How the Penguin Logo has evolved

And you can explore the timeline of Penguin books here: Company History

Puffin Books was a natural side ways progression for Penguin Books. The first children’s book published by Puffin was  Barbara Euphan Todd‘s story Worzel Gummidge in 1941.

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