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Reminiscences of Bennett Alfred Cerf : oral history, 1968.

Creator: Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971.
Project: Individual interviews oral history collection.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :Transcript 1,029 leaves. Tape 16 reels.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Publisher.

Scope and Contents

Childhood and education in New York City; Columbia College; SPECTATOR, JESTER; journalism; Wall Street; Boni & Liveright; purchase of Modern Library; partnership with Donald Klopfer; travels and meetings with European authors; marriage to Sylvia Sidney; trip to Russia; building up Random House; contacts with authors, editors, other publishers; marriage to Phyllis Fraser; World War II publishing; TRY AND STOP ME and later books; magazine columns, radio programs, lecture tours; paperbacks, reprints, Bantam books, "What's My Line?"; role of an editor in a publishing house; dictionary and its promotion; purchase of other publishing houses; Singer, Knopf; stock issue, going public, 1959; purchase by Radio Corporation of America, 1965; educational developments, teaching machines; juvenile lists; spurt of growth in all publishing after World War II; purchase of Pantheon; foreign contacts; Peabody Awards Committee; director of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Miss America pageant; Famous Writers School; many anecdotes about well known personalities in literary and entertainment fields.

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