80 Years of Penguin Books Explored in NYT

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

Penguin Books is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.

To celebrate, The New York Times Style Magazine has created a visual history of the company’s milestones for this weekend’s issue of the publication. Check it out:

Before Allen Lane began his publishing house in 1935, good books were the purview of the privileged, costing more than many Londoners spent on a week’s rent. But that all changed when Lane, then managing director of the now-defunct Bodley Head, bought the rights to 10 already popular hardcovers (including Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” and Agatha Christie’s “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”), redesigning each with a uniform set of specs so simple that even small, inexperienced print shops could mass-produce them on the cheap.