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Dear Donald, Dear Bennett: The Wartime Correspondence of Bennett Cerf and…

by Bennett Cerf

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037550768X, Hardcover)

Donald Klopfer and Bennett Cerf had been partners in Random House for seventeen years, but Donald decided that he had to become a part of an even greater endeavor—the defeat of Nazi Germany. Not long after Pearl Harbor, Donald, who was then forty years old, took a leave from Random House and joined the United States Army Air Forces. He served for two and a half years, finally becoming an intelligence major in a B-24 group in England.

Donald and Bennett wrote to each other regularly all during that period. Bennett sent Donald long newsy letters about the book business—authors, sales, publishing gossip—as well as about what was happening in New York. Donald reacted in his wise, serene way to Bennett’s letters, and conveyed news of what was going on in the war, though sometimes censorship took its toll.

This is nostalgia with substance, and because these letters were never intended to be read by anyone else, they reveal, in a convincing and wonderful way, just how special these two men were and how that specialness was reflected in the company they founded.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:05 -0400)

In 1925, Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer bought the Modern Library from Horace Liveright, and three years later, they launched Random House. When they had been partners for seventeen years, Klopfer decided that he had to become part of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Not long after Pearl Harbor, when he was then forty years old, he took a leave from Random House and joined the United States Army Air Forces, serving for two and a half years, finally becoming an intelligence major in a B-24 group in England. All during that period Cerf and Klopfer wrote to each other regularly.… (more)

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