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Now I'm going to go into Random House. I still remember
when we first did a million dollars worth of business in one
When was that?
About the time of the war we got into the million dollar
class. This last year we did over fifty million dollars.
That's quite a jump!
Really great things happen in spurts, and Random House
had its really great years around 1958 and 1959. In 1959 and
'60, for months on end, we had the two number one books in
the country, something that we've done three times in the past
seven years. I don't think that any other publishing house in
history can equal that. We had Hawaii as number one in fiction
and Act I as number one in non-fiction for months. Hawaii was
by James Michener and Act I was by Moss Hart. We were sailing
along. We had six or seven books out of twenty books on the
best-seller list for months on end. It was a fabulous year.
Now, a development came along that was very important
to us although it wasn't apparent at the time. Atheneum
Publishers was formed by Hiram Haydn (our own editor), Mike
Bessie, and Pat Knopf.
How did that come about?
I think that I've told you about our top editors. When
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