By Otto Herschan
HAPPY birthday to Penguin Books! Their twenty-fifth to he precise. Paperback publishing and Penguins were at one time synonymous, for Sir Allen Lane's publishing house was the pioneer in England of publishing in this cheaper form at now after a quarter of a century the same imprint still stands for all that is best in his field of reading. Penguins have published many outstanding works, including volumes of specific Catholic interest: now to celebrate this auspicious occasion comes PENGUINS' PROGRESS 1935-1960 (2s. 6d.). It is not only an interesting account of achievement but a reflection or publishing history throughout the period. Penguins. in making available the important and interesting works of literature in a variety of spheres and at reasonable prices, have probably done more than anyone else to inform and stimulate readers during the last twenty-five years. One might say that Penguins have been a major factor in education.
PENGUINS' birthday publishing includes a number of new outstanding titles, foremost amongst which is THE PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS (10s. 6d.), an excellent book of reference at an unparalleled price compared to its usefulness. The owner may readily he guided to the context of many phrases he may only half remember or with the help of the ,index find out what has been said on a particular subject by a variety of people.
THE PELICAN HISTORY OF MUSIC, VOLUME I. Ancient forms of polyphony (5s.), is edited by Denis Stevens and Alec Robertson, the latter being a name familiar to readers of the CATHOLIC HERALD as an occasional contributor to its columns. A scholarly and interesting volume. it includes a number of fascinating illustrations. medieval missals, manuscripts, monks and nuns.
THE READER'S GUIDE (Penguin, 5s.). with the help of a panel of distinguished scholars and scientists, advises on what to read on a variety of subjects from anthropology to sociology, taking in its stride philosophy and religion.