Donald S. Klopfer

Donald Klopfer
Donald Simon Klopfer (January 23, 1902 – May 30, 1986) was an American publisher, one of the founders of American publishing firm Random House, along with Bennett Cerf.wikipedia
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Donald Simon Klopfer (January 23, 1902 – May 30, 1986) was an American publisher, one of the founders of American publishing firm Random House, along with Bennett Cerf. Random House published a book of collected World War II letters titled Dear Donald, Dear Bennett: the wartime correspondence of Donald Klopfer and Bennett Cerf which is still in print as of 2013.
Random House was founded in 1925 by Americans Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, two years after they acquired the Modern Library imprint from publisher Horace Liveright, which reprints classic works of literature.

Bennett Cerf

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Donald Simon Klopfer (January 23, 1902 – May 30, 1986) was an American publisher, one of the founders of American publishing firm Random House, along with Bennett Cerf. In 1925, his friend Bennett Cerf presented with him an opportunity to buy for $200,000 the classic imprint, Modern Library, from Boni & Liveright.
In 1925, Cerf and Donald S. Klopfer formed a partnership to purchase the rights to the Modern Library from Boni & Liveright, and they went into business for themselves.

Modern Library

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In 1925, his friend Bennett Cerf presented with him an opportunity to buy for $200,000 the classic imprint, Modern Library, from Boni & Liveright.
Founded in 1917 by Albert Boni and Horace Liveright as an imprint of their publishing company Boni & Liveright, it was purchased in 1925 by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer.

Boni & Liveright

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In 1925, his friend Bennett Cerf presented with him an opportunity to buy for $200,000 the classic imprint, Modern Library, from Boni & Liveright.
Bennett Cerf was vice president between 1923 and 1925 before buying the Modern Library list and later starting, with Donald Klopfer, Random House.

Katie Louchheim

Klopfer's first wife, Florence Selwyn, died in 1971, and a decade later Klopfer married the well-known writer and Democratic political activist Katie Louchheim on 19 July 1981.
In 1981, she married Donald S. Klopfer, a co-founder of Random House; he died in 1986.

United States

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Donald Simon Klopfer (January 23, 1902 – May 30, 1986) was an American publisher, one of the founders of American publishing firm Random House, along with Bennett Cerf.

American Jews

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Klopfer was born on 23 January 1902 in New York City to Jewish parents, Simon Klopfer Jacobson and Stella Jacobson (née Danzinger). Cerf and Klopfer were both prominent Jewish businessmen, and in 1967 Klopfer resigned from the American Council for Judaism after the Council issued a statement which Klopfer and other Jewish leaders found to be repugnant.

Williams College

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From 1918 to 1920, he was a student at Williams College.

Newark, New Jersey

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As a young man, he worked as a treasurer from 1921 to 1925 for his step-father who was a diamond cutter at the United Diamond Works, Inc. in Newark, New Jersey.

Imprint (trade name)

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In 1925, his friend Bennett Cerf presented with him an opportunity to buy for $200,000 the classic imprint, Modern Library, from Boni & Liveright.

Rockwell Kent

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It used as its logo a little house drawn by Cerf's friend and fellow Columbia alumnus Rockwell Kent.

William Faulkner

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Cerf's talent in building and maintaining relationships brought contracts with such writers as William Faulkner, John O'Hara, Eugene O'Neill, James Michener, Truman Capote, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and others.

John O'Hara

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Cerf's talent in building and maintaining relationships brought contracts with such writers as William Faulkner, John O'Hara, Eugene O'Neill, James Michener, Truman Capote, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and others.

Eugene O'Neill

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Cerf's talent in building and maintaining relationships brought contracts with such writers as William Faulkner, John O'Hara, Eugene O'Neill, James Michener, Truman Capote, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and others.

James A. Michener

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Cerf's talent in building and maintaining relationships brought contracts with such writers as William Faulkner, John O'Hara, Eugene O'Neill, James Michener, Truman Capote, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and others.

Truman Capote

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Cerf's talent in building and maintaining relationships brought contracts with such writers as William Faulkner, John O'Hara, Eugene O'Neill, James Michener, Truman Capote, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and others.

Dr. Seuss

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Cerf's talent in building and maintaining relationships brought contracts with such writers as William Faulkner, John O'Hara, Eugene O'Neill, James Michener, Truman Capote, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and others.

United States Army Air Forces

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From 1942 to 1945, he was a Major for the USAAF in the European Theater.

American Council for Judaism

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Cerf and Klopfer were both prominent Jewish businessmen, and in 1967 Klopfer resigned from the American Council for Judaism after the Council issued a statement which Klopfer and other Jewish leaders found to be repugnant.

Lenox Hill Hospital

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Klopfer died at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York, on May 30, 1986, aged 84.

World War II

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Random House published a book of collected World War II letters titled Dear Donald, Dear Bennett: the wartime correspondence of Donald Klopfer and Bennett Cerf which is still in print as of 2013.

Alfred A. Knopf Sr.

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Alfred Abraham Knopf Sr. (September 12, 1892 – August 11, 1984) was an American publisher of the 20th century, and founder of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. His contemporaries included the likes of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, and (of the previous generation) Frank Nelson Doubleday, J. Henry Harper and Henry Holt.