|Birthname||Allen Lane Williams|
|born on||21 September 1902 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )|
|Place||Bristol, England, 51n27, 2w35|
|Timezone||GMT h0w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||27°58' 21°22 Asc. 00°13'|
British publisher, founder of Penguin Books.
In 1919, he was apprenticed to his uncle, publisher John Lane. When his uncle died six years later, Lane took over as managing editor of the publsihing company, The Bodley Head, in London. After 10 years, he founded his own imprint, Penguin Books, in 1935 and published reprints of classics sold at 6 pence each. He expanded his successful business to include Pelicans for serious nonfiction titles and Penguin Specials. In 1937, he published the works of Shakespeare under the imprint of The Penguin Shakespeare. His 1941 offshoot, Puffin Story Books, produced quality children's literature. Penguin's best-selling reprint, D.H. Lawrence's Lady
Chatterley's Lover (1960), was the subject of a court case holding that the book was obscene and corrupting. The court ruled for the book and the firm sold more than 3,500,000 copies, partly a result of the great publicity surrounding the case.
Lane was knighted in 1952. He retired as managing director in 1969 and died July 7, 1970, Northwood, Middlesex, England, age 67.
- Work : Prize 1952 (Knighted)
- Social : Great Publicity 1960 (Court case over Lady Chatterley's Lover)
- Work : Retired 1969
- Work : New Career 1919 (Apprentice to book publisher)
- Work : Start Business 1935 (Penguin Books)
Sy Scholfield quotes his book "Penguin Special: The Life and Times of Allen Lane" (London: Penguin/Viking,
2005), p. 8, which gives the birth name, date and place and a birth time of "between nine and eleven in the evening" according to his journal.
- Vocation : Business : Business owner
- Vocation : Business : Top executive
- Notable : Awards : Knighted