"Dear Donald, Dear Bennett" & "BOTM Club Dividend"

Scot Kamins kamins at dogeared.com
Tue Dec 9 13:33:54 EST 2003


Just finished reading "Dear Donald, Dear Bennett" from the point of 
view of a Modern Library trivia seeker - and now you don't have to. 
While it's a charming little read showing as it does the great 
friendship between off-to-war [WW II] Donald Klopfer and 
stay-at-home-and-run-the-show Bennett Cerf, there's little here to 
recommend to ML collectors. In fact, there aren't more than a dozen 
references to the ML.

The most important bits are about the proposal, development, and 
rapid success of the illustrated series; and about wartime 
difficulties in scoring enough paper (access to which the government 
allocated as a scarce wartime resource)to make books.

One thing of interest was referral to the Book of the Month Club 
using various ML titles as "dividends." I don't know what this means. 
Can anyone enlighten me about this?

Scot Kamins

"Modern Library books are intended to be read and not just to be 
stuck away in bookcases like old sets of Balzac and Victor Hugo..."
                    - Bennett Cerf

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