WorldCat Identities

Lewis, Jeremy

Works: 6 works in 38 publications in 1 language and 1,106 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6005.O393, 070.5092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Jeremy Lewis
Most widely held works by Jeremy Lewis
Cyril Connolly : a life by Jeremy Lewis( Book )
12 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biografie van de Engelse schrijver (1903-1974)
Penguin special : the life and times of Allen Lane by Jeremy Lewis( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A stocky, dapper Bristolian who left school at the age of sixteen and went on to found Penguin Books, Allen Lane was the greatest publisher of the twentieth century and a major influence on the cultural and political life of post-war Britain. He revolutionized our reading habits by his insistence that the best writing in the world should be made available for the price of a packet of cigarettes. Decked out in their livery of orange and white, the first Penguins were published in the summer of 1935 and were followed in due course by Pelicans, Puffins and Penguin Classics." "Though never a bookish man himself, Lane was adept at sensing the spirit of the age and always ready to follow his hunches: he commissioned Nikolaus Pevsner to write the Buildings of England, persuaded Kenneth Clark to mastermind the Penguin Modern Painters, and gave his backing to John Lehmann's Penguin New Writing, arguably the finest literary magazine of its times. He risked prosecution by publishing James Joyce's Ulysses for the first time in this country, and a quarter of a century later he appeared at the Old Bailey to defend Penguin's publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover, thereby anticipating the liberal reforms of the 1960s." "But his influence stretched far beyond the world of publishing: his pre-war Penguin Specials alerted the British public to the threat of Nazism; the books he published during the war helped to ensure a Labour victory in 1945; and Penguin itself came to be seen as a benign monopoly, akin to the BBC or the National Health Service." "By the end of his career, publishing was changing too fast for his liking, and his last years were blighted by illness and his battle with the mercurial Tony Godwin, brought to its climax when Lane set fire to the stock of a book he detested. Lane combined ruthlessness with affability, courage with moral cowardice, loyalty with unpredictability. Few publishers are remembered after their lifetimes: Allen Lane is a rare exception to the rule."--BOOK JACKET
Playing for time by Jeremy Lewis( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kindred spirits : adrift in literary London by Jeremy Lewis( Book )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Penguin special : the story of Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin books and the man who changed publishing forever by Jeremy Lewis( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Grub Street irregular by Jeremy Lewis( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.38 (from 0.00 for Penguin sp ... to 0.50 for Penguin sp ...)
English (38)