By Bennett Cerf
Donald Klopfer and Bennett Cerf were companions in Random condo for seventeen years, yet Donald made up our minds that he needed to turn into part of a fair better endeavor—the defeat of Nazi Germany. no longer lengthy after Pearl Harbor, Donald, who used to be then 40 years previous, took a go away from Random condominium and joined the USA military Air Forces. He served for 2 and a part years, eventually changing into an intelligence significant in a B-24 team in England.
Donald and Bennett wrote to one another usually all in the course of that interval. Bennett despatched Donald lengthy newsy letters in regards to the booklet business—authors, revenues, publishing gossip—as good as approximately what used to be occurring in ny. Donald reacted in his clever, serene strategy to Bennett’s letters, and conveyed information of what was once happening within the conflict, although occasionally censorship took its toll.
This is nostalgia with substance, and since those letters have been by no means meant to be learn by means of someone else, they display, in a powerful and lovely method, simply how specified those males have been and the way that specialness used to be mirrored within the corporation they founded.
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Extra info for Dear Donald, Dear Bennett: The War Time Letters of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Cerf, Bennett, 1898–1971—Correspondence. 2. Klopfer, Donald, 1902–1986—Correspondence. 3. Publishers and publishing—United States—Correspondence. 4. Random House (Firm)—History. 5. World War, 1939–1945—Personal narratives, American. I. Klopfer, Donald, 1902–1986. II. Title. 1 Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Epigraph Introduction Note to the Reader 1942 1943 1944 1945 My lucky star is a house—and an imaginary one at that. Rockwell Kent drew it, one day, sitting in my office, and it was adopted forthwith as a trade mark for our publishing firm.
Well, I am back to the potching. Write soon and know that all of us here miss you terribly and love you very, very much. * Incidentally, Belle reports that Marian never looked prettier or more glamorous in her life, and that she seemed happy and that Henry seems well on his way toward getting a commission somewhere or other. Speaking of anniversaries, today is my second, putting all my previous records, of course, completely to rout. Klopfer, let’s face the fact that we are both rapidly approaching the A.
Potch Jez for me. K. or killing himself with work. Watch out for him. Love, Donald September 29, 1942 Dear Don: Since you are busy defending Democracy, it fell to the lot of Maestro Luigi Miller and myself to journey up to Boston on Thursday for a party thrown by the Hillyers in honor of MY HEART FOR HOSTAGE. The party was staged at the new Hillyer home at 39 Pinckney Street. Dorothy has done a wonderful job of decorating the place, it looks like a miniature edition of Hampshire House. And boy, did she draw out the crowd for this party.
Dear Donald, Dear Bennett: The War Time Letters of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer by Bennett Cerf