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

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


Folks,

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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