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

By Fredric Warburg

Fredric Warburg, companion within the London company of Secker & Warburg from 1936 till 1971, thought of publishing an enticing career and a lifestyle. during this own, usually funny memoir of his lifestyles 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 historical past. different chapters comprise Warburg’s landmark 1954 trial for publishing an “obscene” ebook, his version of Kafka, the interpretation of Robert Musil’s the fellow with out traits, his stopover at to the elderly Colette, a cartoon 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 used to be duped by means of a plumber from Devonshire who pretended to be a Tibetan lama. A 1952 enterprise deal by way of Secker & Warburg with Heinemann anticipates newer 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 reworking a state of affairs or a coverage. All Authors Are equivalent is for somebody who enjoys stable books and the making of fine books, and for all scholars of publishing.

In the author’s personal phrases: “The booklet as an entire could be obvious because the tale of my publishing existence, the chapters and sections of chapters are in general tales in the tale. So it's that the publication is a hybrid no longer an autobiography, now not a background of a publishing condo, no longer a philosophy of publishing, no longer a sequence of serious stories, yet a bit a lot of these. [...] The deeper emotions of publishers usually are not usually printed to their authors whereas the publishing courting exists. The writer has a tendency to be cautious, diplomatic, reserved, particularly hopeful, somewhat pessimistic, laudatory, jolly, severe, or so assorted a mix of most of these as to finish up roughly clean. compliment is harmful — it will possibly provide an writer rules. Blame is perilous — the writer may perhaps cease writing or perhaps search one other writer. to inform an writer the unvarnished fact, because the writer sees it, isn't any doubt harmful, however it is a coverage i've got regularly attempted to persist with so far as attainable, and with that coverage i've got had extra successes than failures.”

Praise for An career for Gentlemen:

“An attractive autobiography... Mr. Warburg writes with a pleasant gentle contact and with massive allure and humor. His comments approximately publishing are fascinating and pointed.” — Orville Prescott, the recent York Times

“An interesting and instructive ebook approximately deep and historic mysteries, human personality and the exchange of publishing.” — Jacques Barzun

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

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