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Bennett Cerf

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
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | April 1963
$16.99/18.99(Canada) | 978-0-385-06617-4 (0-385-06617-1)

Two dozen classic dramas by some of the finest and most famous playwrights of the last hundred years--Anton Chekhov, Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, and A.A. Milne. Read more






At Random
Written by Bennett Cerf, Introduction by Christopher Cerf
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | March 2002
$15.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75976-5 (0-375-75976-X)

“I’ve got the name for our publishing operation. We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random. Let’s call it Random House.” So recounts Bennett Cerf in this wonderfully amusing memoir of the making of a great publishing house. An incomparable raconteur, possessed of... Read more






At Random
Written by Bennett Cerf
Random House | Hardcover | August 1977
$28.00/33.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-47877-7 (0-394-47877-0)

“I’ve got the name for our publishing operation. We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random. Let’s call it Random House.” So recounts Bennett Cerf in this wonderfully amusing memoir of the making of a great publishing house. An incomparable raconteur, possessed of... Read more






Dear Donald, Dear Bennett
Written by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, Introduction by Robert D. Loomis
Random House | Hardcover | March 2002
$25.00/38.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-50768-7 (0-375-50768-X)

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






Riddles & More Riddles
Written by Bennett Cerf, Illustrated by Debbie Palen
Random House Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | October 1999
$8.99/13.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-88970-0 (0-679-88970-1)

"Why do birds fly south?"
"Because it is too far to walk."

Riddles and More Riddles! contains funny, laugh-out-loud riddles that kids will love to read and retell over and over again! Read more






The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
Written by O. Henry, Edited by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell
Modern Library | Hardcover | March 1994
$22.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-60122-7 (0-679-60122-8)

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 best... Read more





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