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Allen Lane (Allen Lane Williams) was born on 21 September, 1902 in Bristol, England, United Kingdom, is a Founder. Discover Allen Lane’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 68 years old?

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Age 68 years old
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Born 21 September 1902
Birthday 21 September
Birthplace Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Date of death (1970-07-07) Northwood, England, United Kingdom
Died Place N/A
Nationality United Kingdom

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Who Is Allen Lane’s Wife?

His wife is Lady Letitia Lucy Orr
​ ​(m. 1941)​

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Wife Lady Letitia Lucy Orr
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Children 3, including Clare Morpurgo

Allen Lane Net Worth

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Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million – $5 Million
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In 2010, Penguin Random House Canada launched an imprint named for Allen Lane to publish prestige non-fiction by established authors.


Lane dismissed Godwin, and retained control of Penguin, but was forced to retire shortly afterwards after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. He died in 1970 at Northwood, Middlesex.


In 1967 he started a hardback imprint under his own name, Allen Lane.


In 1965, during an attempt by chief editor Tony Godwin and the board of directors to remove him, Lane stole and burnt the entire print run of the French cartoonist Siné’s book Massacre, which was reportedly deeply offensive.


Lane married Letitia Lucy Orr, daughter of Sir Charles Orr, on 28 June 1941 and had three daughters: Clare, Christine, and Anna. He was knighted in 1952.


Edward Young designed the horizontal bands and used Gill Sans Bold for the title’s letting. He was also sent to the Zoo in Regents Park to sketch penguins for the cover. Allen Lane wanted a cover design that was consistent and easily recognizable. In 1937 the font was changed to Times New Roman. His Pelican Books were non-fiction books. Penguins were meant to entertain while Pelicans were meant to enlighten. In the 1950s his company had grown so much that it had major outposts in both Australia and the United States. Lane’s management style put him and the individuals in charge in his United States office at odds. These individuals eventually left Penguin books and started their own publishing companies: Bantam Books and New American Library.

The paperback venture was extremely successful, and he expanded into other areas such as Pelican Books in 1937, Puffin Books in 1940 and the Penguin Classics series in 1945. Lane was responsible for the decision to publish an unexpurgated edition of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover as a means of testing the Obscene Publications Act 1959.


Penguin Books became a separate company the following year. The legend goes that on a train journey back from visiting Agatha Christie in 1934, Lane found himself on an Exeter station platform with nothing available worth reading. He conceived of paperback editions of literature of proven quality which would be cheap enough to be sold from a vending machine; the first was set up outside Henderson’s in Charing Cross Road and dubbed the “Penguincubator”. Lane was also well aware of the Hamburg publisher Albatross Books and adopted many of its innovations.


He rose quickly at Bodley Head, becoming managing editor in 1925 following the death of his uncle. After conflict with the board of directors who were wary at first—for fear of being prosecuted—of publishing James Joyce’s controversial book Ulysses, Lane, together with his brothers Richard and John, founded Penguin Books in 1935 as part of the Bodley Head.


Allen Lane Williams was born in Bristol, to Camilla (née Lane) and Samuel Williams, and studied at Bristol Grammar School. In 1919 he joined the publishing company Bodley Head as an apprentice to his uncle and founder of the company John Lane. In the process, he and the rest of his family changed their surname to Lane to retain the childless John Lane’s company as a family firm.


Sir Allen Lane CH (born Allen Lane Williams; 21 September 1902 – 7 July 1970) was a British publisher who together with his brothers Richard and John Lane founded Penguin Books in 1935, bringing high-quality paperback fiction and non-fiction to the mass market.