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B.C.S.
Interview #14
Interviewee: Bennett Cerf
Interviewer: Robbin Hawkins
New York City
January 16, 1968

Q:

We ended up with Grosset and Dunlap, and I was wondering if there was ever any important decisions which you did not concur with in the twenty years that you have been associated with Grosset and Dunlap?

Cerf:

No.

The very first thing that we had to do, of course, was to snatch it out from under the very arms of Marshall Field, who had the contract all made out with Mr. Leon Shimkin of Simon and Schuster. When Mr. Donald Grosset came up and told us this, we bought it within a matter of twenty-four hours.

Q:

Not literally.

Cerf:

It was all done, as I say, right under the nose of Marshall Field and Leon Shimkin, his emissary at Simon and Schuster.

Q:

Was it really a vendetta against Leon Shimkin? I can't understand.

Cerf:

Not exactly a vendetta, but we all were afraid of Shimkin's activities.



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