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Profiles in Publishing: Sir Allen Lane

Name: Sir Allen Lane Birthdate/Place: September 21, 1902. Bristol, England. Publishers Associated With: Penguin Books Claim to Fame: Sir Allen began his career at publishing company Bodley Head as an apprentice to his uncle, founder John Lane. After John Lane’s death, Allen changed his last name to Lane to retain control of the company– the original Lane had no children. Sir Allen conceived of paperback editions when he was traveling home from a meeting with Agatha Christie and he found himself on a train platform, stuck with nothing to read. […]