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Bennett Cerf

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Bennett Cerf was born in 1898 in Manhattan and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in journalism. In 1925 he acquired the Modern Library with Donald Klopfer, providing the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. A major figure of American publishing for more than four decades, Bennett Cerf died in 1971.

Christopher Cerf is an author, editor, and Emmy- and Grammy-winning songwriter and television producer. A longtime contributor to Sesame Street, and cofounder and creative producer of the PBS literacy-education series Between the Lines, Christopher Cerf is a former contributing editor of National Lampoon and a former senior editor... Read More

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24 Favorite One Act Plays

Edited by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 3, 1963
Price: $16.99

This outstanding collection of one-act plays from around the world includes such classics as Ben        t's The Devil and Daniel Webster; Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays and Yeats' Cathleen ni Houlihan, as well as works by Williams, Chekhov, O'Neill, Wilde, and others. Read more >

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The Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf
Written by Bennett Cerf
Introduction by Christopher Cerf


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $15.95

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At Random
The Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf
Written by Bennett Cerf


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 12, 1977
Price: $28.00

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At Random
The Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf
Written by Bennett Cerf
Introduction by Christopher Cerf


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 20, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Dear Donald, Dear Bennett
The Wartime Correspondence of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Written by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Introduction by Robert D. Loomis


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $25.00

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... Read more >
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Dear Donald, Dear Bennett
The War Time Letters of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Written by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Introduction by Robert D. Loomis


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 16, 2011
Price: $12.99

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Riddles & More Riddles

Written by Bennett Cerf
Illustrated by Debbie Palen


Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
On Sale: October 26, 1999
Price: $8.99

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The Best Short Stories of O. Henry

Written by O. Henry
Edited by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 28, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Best Short Stories of O. Henry

Written by O. Henry
Edited by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 22, 1994
Price: $22.95

The more than 600 stories written by O. Henry provided an embarrassment of riches for the compilers of this volume. The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader's delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the... Read more >
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