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

jpete9530 at msn.com jpete9530 at msn.com
Tue Dec 9 14:24:04 EST 2003

I think it's a freebie book that you got when you had purchased a certain number of the regular monthly offerings.

John Peterson
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Scot Kamins 
  To: ML LIstServ 
  Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2003 1:33 PM
  Subject: "Dear Donald, Dear Bennett" & "BOTM Club Dividend"


  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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