Today is a special day for Penguin. It’s their 75th anniversary! For 3/4 of a century, Penguin has been making some great books available to readers around the world. It started out as a small English publishing company with a vision for making reprinted paperback books affordable (for the price of a pack of cigarettes at that time). Over time, they’ve expanded to the point that their logo is known just about everywhere.
I’ve always loved to own copies of Penguin Classics. It always made me happy to see them stacked up on my college bookshelves as part of my assigned reading. I love Penguin Classics so much that when I found out about a program Penguin was hosting, I jumped at the chance to have a random Penguin Classic sent to me to read and review. I’m not sure how lucky I was, but I was sent Melmouth the Wanderer. It wasn’t my favorite classic, but it still sits on my shelf, another Penguin Classic for my collection.
Penguin has a website dedicated to their 75th Anniversary and it has some really interesting features. There is a timeline, an essay about the first 10 books published by Penguin, and a gallery of photos featuring Penguin employees, book covers, and advertising throughout the years. What I found the most interesting was the evolution of book cover art over the years. It reminded me of a recent interview I read in ReadyMade with one of Penguin’s cover artists, Paul Buckley. I was thrilled to see that he designed one of my favorite book covers since I started blogging, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. His work is just the tip of the iceberg. I love some of the innovative covers Penguin has – from the iconic Classics, to the tattoo art , to the cartoons, it makes the physical experiences with novels fun. I don’t think I would have ever bought The Three Musketeers had it not been for this cover…
In celebration of their anniversary, Penguin has generously offered me and one of my lucky readers each one of a choice of 75 of their titles (thanks, Lindsay)! Go here to see the list of the titles to choose from. How do you pick just one? LOL! Actually, I’m leaning toward the Graham Greene title, but they have White Noise by Don DeLillo, a book whose cover was designed by Paul Buckley and featured in his interview, the newest Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice covers that I love, and a comic cover for Lady Chatterly’s Lover, another classic I’ve always been meaning to read. Decisions, decisions… Enter my contest by filling out the form below and you, too, may face my delicious dilemma.
Happy Anniversary, Penguin!