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The lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf, literary tastemaker extraordinaire

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Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
Pub. Date:
2016.
Edition:
First edition.
Language:
English
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"Left off her company's fifth anniversary tribute but described by Thomas Mann as "the soul of the firm," Blanche Knopf began her career when she founded Alfred A. Knopf with her husband in 1915. With her finger on the pulse of a rapidly changing culture, Blanche quickly became a driving force behind the firm. A conduit to the literature of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, Blanche also legitimized the hard-boiled detective fiction of writers such as Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Raymond Chandler; signed and nurtured literary authors like Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen, and Muriel Spark; acquired momentous works of journalism by John Hersey and William Shirer; and introduced American readers to Albert Camus, André Gide, and Simone de Beauvoir, giving these French writers the benefit of her consummate editorial taste. As Knopf celebrates its centennial, Laura Claridge looks back at the firm's beginnings and the dynamic woman who helped to define American letters for the twentieth century. Drawing on a vast cache of papers, Claridge also captures Blanche's "witty, loyal, and amusing" personality, and her charged yet oddly loving relationship with her husband. An intimate and often surprising biography, The Lady with the Borzoi is the story of an ambitious, seductive, and impossibly hardworking woman who was determined not to be overlooked or easily categorized"--
"Based on exclusive access to papers amassed by Susan Sheehan and Peter Prescott over the course of a quarter-century, this will be the definitive life of the legendary publisher"--
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9780374114251
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Alfred A. Knopf, Inc
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. -- History
Authors and publishers
Authors and publishers -- United States -- History -- 20th century
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Biographies
Biography
Books and reading
Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Editors
Editors -- United States -- Biography
History
Knopf, Alfred A., -- 1892-1984
Knopf, Blanche W., -- 1894-1966
Literature publishing
Literature publishing -- United States -- History -- 20th century
New York (State) -- New York
Publishers and publishing
Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
United States
Women publishers
Women publishers -- United States -- Biography
title_displayThe lady with the Borzoi : Blanche Knopf, literary tastemaker extraordinaire
title_fullThe lady with the Borzoi : Blanche Knopf, literary tastemaker extraordinaire / Laura Claridge
title_shortThe lady with the Borzoi
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Books and reading
Editors
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
History
Knopf, Alfred A
Knopf, Blanche W
Literature publishing
Publishers and publishing
Women publishers