[ModLib] ML appearing in other media

John Wolansky jwol at fast.net
Wed Apr 1 14:12:47 EDT 2009

Sounds like the same photo on the back of the jacket for The Reivers by
Falkner.  I have a BMOC edition dated 1962 with the photo and I think it was
discussed on this board at some point in the past and the locatin of the
books was mentioned.  I think it was at Random House, but way uncertain.
Someone with a better memory on this site will correct me if I am wrong.




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Ron Thoman
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Subject: [ModLib] ML appearing in other media


>From time to time we've shared information on the appearance of Modern
Library in films and other media.  Maybe the following has already been
shared, but just in case it wasn't, I thought some of you might find this of


I just picked up a copy of Cleanth Brooks' book of criticism/interpretation
WILLIAM FAULKNER: FIRST ENCOUNTER, Yale University Press, 1983.  On the
front cover of the dust jacket is a photograph of Faulkner paging through a
(ML?) book standing in front of at least four shelves of exclusively Modern
Library books, all in dust jackets and in numerical order.  Clearly the
photograph captures only a part of the shelving containing the many more
volumes.  The top two shelves in the picture are all standard size MLs, and
the bottom two shelves are all Giants.  The photo is copyrighted 1956, so
the books have to date from then back.  From the appearance of the dust
jackets they all look to be post-1939.


Who's shelves/books could these be?  The photo is copyrighted by Phyllis
Cerf Wagner.  Could this be Bennet Cerf's daughter or other relative and the
photo taken at Random House, which was Faulkner's publisher?  Does anyone
know if Random House had and displayed shelves of all the Modern Library


Ron Thoman

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