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Editorial Reviews

Donna Seaman
An adjunct to his "In the Company of Writers: A Life in Publishing" 1990, this set of splendid essays, written over the last 25 years, offers more of Scribner's thoughts on the art and business of literature. Scribner is warm, wise, and charming, a product of his family's long involvement in scholarly and bookish concerns. He shares revealing stories about Hemingway and Einstein, presents fascinating summaries of the history of language and writing, and muses about how literature does nothing less than "foster intellectual bravery and originality." For example, "Confessions of a Book Publisher" is a candid account of the demands of being a professional reader responsible for evaluating hundreds of books on dozens of subjects; it is also a shrewd assessment of the publishing industry. Looking ahead, Scribner recognizes the usefulness of electronic information, but believes that books will always be the primary medium for learning: "there is no substitute for one human mind meeting another on the page of a well-written book." Amen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684195919
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Scribner, Jr. was the son of Charles Scribner III and the longtime head of the Charles Scribner's Sons book publishing company. He succeeded his father in 1952 as chief of the family publishing house, which had been founded by his great-grandfather in 1846. Charles Scribner, Jr. oversaw its operations until 1984. He was Ernest Hemingway's personal editor and publisher in the last portion of Hemingway's career. He is the author of In the Company of Writers and In the Web of Ideas.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I A Publisher's Progress
The Allure of Great Books 3
Confessions of a Book Publisher 11
The Secret of Being Ernest and the Secret of Keeping Ernest 35
II Reflections on Reading and Writing
Appreciating the English Language 65
The Heuristic Power of Writing 89
Books and the Life of the Mind 107
The Joys of Learning 123
III Then and Now
Proustian Remembrances 143
Afterthoughts 163
Appendices
Columns for Malcolm 173
A Family Tradition 187
Index 199
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