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Bennett Cerf

Author: Bennett Cerf; Robbin Hawkins; Columbia University. Oral History Research Office.; Columbia University. Digital Knowledge Ventures.; Columbia University. Libraries. Digital Program Division.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Columbia University Libraries, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Computer file : Document : Audio book, etc. : Biography   Sound Recording : English
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Named Person: Bennett Cerf; Donald Klopfer; Sylvia Sidney
Material Type: Biography, Document, Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Bennett Cerf; Robbin Hawkins; Columbia University. Oral History Research Office.; Columbia University. Digital Knowledge Ventures.; Columbia University. Libraries. Digital Program Division.
OCLC Number: 70035135
In: Notable New Yorkers
Notes: Title from home page (viewed May 19, 2006).
Includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted in 1967 and 1968. The site includes a biographical sketch and photo galley. The text of the transcripts are fully searchable, and a table of contents and name index are included.
The web site was created as joint project of the Libraries' Oral History Research Office and Libraries' Digital Program Division. Columbia's Digital Knowledge Ventures (DKV) provided site design, programming and consulting services.
Interviewed by Robbin Hawkins.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other Titles: Reminiscences of Bennett Alfred Cerf

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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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