"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"


  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
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: http://thuban.owu.edu/pipermail/modlib/attachments/20031209/67796d42/attachment.html


More information about the ModLib mailing list