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Author: Bennett Cerf
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Presents a memoir of the making of a great publishing house and its founder. An incomparable raconteur, possessed of an irrepressible wit and an abiding love of books and authors, Cerf evokes the heady days of Random House's first decades. Part of the vanguard of young New York publishers who revolutionized the book business in the 1920s and '30s, Cerf helped usher in publishing's golden age. Cerf was a true  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Bennett Cerf; Bennett Cerf
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bennett Cerf
ISBN: 037575976X 9780375759765
OCLC Number: 48045609
Notes: Originally published: 1977.
Description: xiv, 306 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: [with a new introduction by Christopher Cerf].
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Presents a memoir of the making of a great publishing house and its founder. An incomparable raconteur, possessed of an irrepressible wit and an abiding love of books and authors, Cerf evokes the heady days of Random House's first decades. Part of the vanguard of young New York publishers who revolutionized the book business in the 1920s and '30s, Cerf helped usher in publishing's golden age. Cerf was a true personality, whose other pursuits (columnist, anthologist, author, lecturer, radio host, collector of jokes and anecdotes, perennial judge of the Miss America pageant, and panelist on What's My Line?) helped shape his reputation as a man of boundless energy and enthusiasm and brought unprecedented attention to his company and to his authors. Cerf's memoir provides a behind-the-scenes account of book publishing and a portrait of four decades' worth of legendary authors, from James Joyce and William Faulkner to Ralph Ellison and Eudora Welty. --From publisher description.

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