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I came of age when many Penguin books had sage green spines and black and white photos on the cover. Meanwhile, A Clockwork Orange conjures the unsettling Penguin cover image of cogs and close-up of an eye clamped open and locked in full Ludovico gaze, and only then do I think of Malcolm McDowell and Kubrick.

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These covers were all done in distinctly a Penguin style and they made a deep impression and helped shape my relationship with many authors and their works. But obviously it was not all about the covers.

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It was also about the quality, and the affordability, and the sheer choice of titles, topics, and genres. These are the real reasons why I love Penguin. He opened worlds. He published affordable, high quality books and did so with breathtaking scope, offering works of current fiction; detective fiction; modern classics and ancient classics; poetry, plays and Shakespeare; translated world literature; biography; history, economics and politics; art and architecture; religion and science; and music; and education; and cookery.

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In so doing, as David Cannadine rightly observes, Lane created nothing less than a new intellectual environment of ideas, voices, perspectives, and values—and it was largely accessible to all. Founded in England in , Penguin Books was a success from the start. As Cannadine observes, this is something the Times Literary Supplement neatly identified in when it described Penguin Books as the publishing equivalent of the BBC because both advanced a public mission to entertain, to educate, and to enlighten.

Between the s and the s Penguin created an entirely new intellectual environment that was accessible to all, not just in Britain but also throughout the entire English-speaking world. Jacqueline Woodson. A Kitchen in the Corner of the House. Curtis Sittenfeld. The Custom of the Country. Edith Wharton. The Testaments. Margaret Atwood. The Collected Stories of Diane Williams. Diane Williams. A Song for a New Day. Sarah Pinsker.

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Under the Eye of the Storm. My Petition For More Space. In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. About the Author Kahlil Gibran was born in Lebanon in In he settled in New York City and devoted himself to writing in both Arabic and English and to painting. His books have sold more than ten million copies in English alone and have won the love of readers all over the world.

His mystical drawings and paintings were compared by Auguste Rodin to the work of William Blake.

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Gibran died in Rupi Kaur foreword is the 1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of two poetry collections, Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers , which together have sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Born in Punjab, India, she moved to Canada at the age of four and lives in Toronto.

I have one packed permanently in my travel bag. Almost a hundred years later, it still feels as fresh and as relevant as ever.