Penguin Archive Project

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A 650,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is enabling the creation of an online catalogue of the Penguin Archive. This four-year project began in May 2008 and is led by Dr John Lyon of the University of Bristol’s Department of English, with co-investigators George Donaldson (English), Dr Hugh Pemberton (Historical Studies) and Dr Ika Willis (Classics). The project has provided for the appointment of a Penguin Project archivist, Rachel Hassall; a postdoctoral research fellow in English working on Penguin and Modern Poetry, Dr William Wootten; two doctoral students (one in Historical Studies, working on Penguin Specials, and one in Classical Reception, working on Penguin and the Classics); and a part-time administrator, Markland Starkie.

Various events are planned over the four years, including academic conferences and workshops and Penguin Days for the general public, including the Penguin Collectors’ Society.

Dr Lyon said: “This archive of the most distinctive, if not the most important, publishing house in the twentieth century, is a record of the democratisation of reading. It is thus invaluable for what it can reveal of the history of the book and publishing and, more generally, of Penguin’s undoubted contribution to British culture.”

Visit the Penguin Archive Project website for further information about the project.

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