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A Visual History of the Evolution of the Penguin Paperback

The first penguin paperbacks—including titles by Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, and André Maurois—were published on this day in 1935. At six pence each, they were the same price as a box of cigarettes and much cheaper than hardcovers. Mass-producing paperbacks popularized literature for a new class and fundamentally changed the printing industry. Below is a select visual history of the Penguin paperback.

1946: Homer's The Odyssey, translated by E.V. Rieu
1953: The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie
1962: 1984, by George Orwell
1962: War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells
1963: Pavilion of Women, by Pearl S. Buck
1965: The Snows of Kilimanjaro, by Ernest Hemingway
1969: The Old Man And The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
1971: To Have And Have Not, by Ernest Hemingway
1986: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1993: Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck
2013: Come Along With Me, by Shirley Jackson