Fredric Warburg's All authors are equal: The publishing life of Fredric PDF

By Fredric Warburg

ISBN-10: 0091176107

ISBN-13: 9780091176105

Fredric Warburg, companion within the London company of Secker & Warburg from 1936 until eventually 1971, thought of publishing an enticing profession and a lifestyle. during this own, usually funny memoir of his existence until eventually his retirement, Warburg alternatives up the place he left off in 1939 in An profession for Gentlemen.

Warburg’s dialogue of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 is a crucial contribution to literary heritage. different chapters comprise Warburg’s landmark 1954 trial for publishing an “obscene” ebook, his variation of Kafka, the interpretation of Robert Musil’s the guy with out features, his stopover at to the elderly Colette, a comic strip of Thomas Mann, the unusual story of The Bridge at the River Kwai, the increase of Angus Wilson to stardom. In maybe the funniest bankruptcy, Warburg describes how he was once duped by way of a plumber from Devonshire who pretended to be a Tibetan lama. A 1952 company deal through Secker & Warburg with Heinemann anticipates more moderen consolidations within the publishing industry.

Throughout Warburg’s memoir of literary and publishing heritage, the passionate character of his spouse, Pamela de Bayou, sticks out, commenting on, criticizing and occasionally remodeling a state of affairs or a coverage. All Authors Are equivalent is for somebody who enjoys reliable books and the making of fine books, and for all scholars of publishing.

In the author’s personal phrases: “The ebook as an entire will be obvious because the tale of my publishing existence, the chapters and sections of chapters are normally tales in the tale. So it truly is that the booklet is a hybrid now not an autobiography, now not a historical past of a publishing residence, now not a philosophy of publishing, now not a sequence of serious stories, yet just a little most of these. [...] The deeper emotions of publishers aren't frequently published to their authors whereas the publishing dating exists. The writer has a tendency to be cautious, diplomatic, reserved, fairly hopeful, a bit of pessimistic, laudatory, jolly, severe, or so different a mix of these kinds of as to finish up kind of clean. compliment is harmful — it may possibly provide an writer rules. Blame is perilous — the writer may possibly cease writing or perhaps search one other writer. to inform an writer the unvarnished fact, because the writer sees it, is not any doubt dangerous, however it is a coverage i've got continuously attempted to stick to so far as attainable, and with that coverage i've got had extra successes than failures.”

Praise for An profession for Gentlemen:

“An attractive autobiography... Mr. Warburg writes with a pleasant gentle contact and with substantial allure and humor. His feedback approximately publishing are attention-grabbing and pointed.” — Orville Prescott, the hot York Times

“An interesting and instructive e-book approximately deep and old mysteries, human personality and the alternate of publishing.” — Jacques Barzun

“Fredric Warburg’s autobiography is... splendidly attractive. Mr. Warburg is that rarity between publishers. He writes super well.” — Moss Hart

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