"Crosby Gaige was probably the most colourful of this group: born Roscoe Conkling Gaige, he amused himself by adopting the name Crosby and an entire Revolutionary War ancestry. His career had been in the theatre, first joining the theatrical agent Elisabeth Marbury, and then becoming a partner with Edgar and Arch Selwyn, producing Broadway hits including Bayard Veiller’s Within the Law (1912), which played for 541 performances, and Jesse Lynch Williams’ Why Marry? (1917, 120 performances), and after severing his connections with the Selwyns, on his own, producing such successes as George S.Kaufman’sThe Butter and Egg Man, and Channing Pollock’s The Enemy (both 1925, with 243 and 203 performances respectively) on which he had made a fortune. When Cerf was starting Random House, his list was enhanced by his friendship with Gaige, who had one of the best private libraries of the time, and also handset and printed fine editions on a press he kept in a huge barn at his home. At Cerf’s suggestion, he had started his publishing house in 1927, asking leading writers to provide him with original works that could be produced in limited editions, usually signed by their authors whom he paid handsomely. Before the Crash in 1929 which wiped out his $5m fortune, he had produced twenty-two titles, whose authors (in order of publication) included Liam O’Flaherty (two books), Siegfried Sassoon, A.E. (George William Russell), Richard Aldington, James Joyce, Humbert Wolfe, Joseph Conrad, Walter de la Mare, Carl Sandburg, Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Thomas Hardy, James Stephens, George Moore and, lastly, W.B.Yeats."