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But you did a lot for publishing.
We did a lot for publishing:
You know, by an odd circumstance, we all happened to
be Jewish, which again was an affront to the old guard who
didn't think that Jews belonged in the publishing business.
They still wish that we weren't there!
You were talking about Pantheon and that you liked them
because of their foreign contacts. Pantheon also added to the
Modern Library. You were able to use this in a lot of ways.
Both the Knopf and Pantheon back list titles were perfect
for the Modern Library and for Vintage Books. Knopf had started
Vintage Books, virtually over Alfred's dead body. This was
one of Pat's great achievements. After Jason Epstein started
Anchor Books for Doubleday? Pat reasoned, “Why should we give
our books to Doubleday? Let's start our own paperback series.”
Thus Vintage Books came into being and were progressing nicely
when we took over.
Of course, the minute that we merged, we concentrated
on the program. We saw in Vintage Books a great future and
we were right. Today Vintage is a vital part of our business.
We often do books now simultaneously in a hardback edition
and as a Vintage paperback. That's a new type of publishing
because we find that the hardback books will go to the libraries
and a certain number of opulent readers who detest paperback
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