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Profiles in Publishing: Bennett Cerf

Name: Bennett Cerf Birthdate/Place: May 25, 1898, New York, NY Publisher Associated With:¬†Random House Claim to Fame:¬†Cerf began his literary career by being named the vice president of publishing firm Boni & Liveright. He and his business partner, Donald Klopfer, purchased a Boni & Liveright imprint called the Modern Library in 1925. They increased the imprint’s popularity, and then began publishing their own books, selected at ‘random’, in 1927–hence the name, “Random House“. Random House eventually became a parent company of the Modern Library. Cerf and Random House worked with […]