At Random/Dear Donald

Jimmy Williamson jwslaw at williamsonsears.com
Mon Apr 8 14:25:22 EDT 2002


i have read dear donald, dear bennett
and if you are a mod lib reader, you will love it
full of details such as cerf selling several thousand copies of modlib to
the armed services
also, at the beginning, cerf and klopfer are fighting to make it and begging
bankers for money
the modlib is making a significant percentage of the random house revenue,
but , during the war, random house explodes and they start making money hand
over fist
ironically, that may have been a contributing factor to the decreased
importance of modlib to random house in the 50s and 60s
full of other details, about the business , too
i had previously read cerf's autobio  "at random" and enjoyed it, also
would love to hear from others about what they think about the book
jw

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Subject: At Random/Dear Donald


Hi ModLib folks,

Read a review in the local paper this morn of the reissued (paperback)
"At Random: Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf" and a new collection
of Cerf/Klopfer letters called "Dear Donald, Dear Bennett" (hard-
cover).  The letters were written in 1942-5 while Klopfer was in
Europe (Army) and Cerf back in the US.  As most of us know,
Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer were the founders of Modern
Library and Random House.

"At Random" is a good read for ML fans, with a liberal dose of
ML info (along with alot of other info about Random House and
literary events in the 20s-60s).  I have not seen "Dear Donald,
Dear Bennett" - the review in the paper found it a bit too focused
on practical matters ("five hundred Tacitus this week" - quoted in
the paper) but those are probably just the kind of things ML folks
would enjoy.

If any one has read the "Dear Donald..." book do post a book report
on its relevance for ML fans -- or if you have comments on "At
Random" for those of us who have not read it, do share.

John K.



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