A Smattering of Monsters: A Kind of Memoir
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Titel: A Smattering of Monsters: A Kind of Memoir
Verlag: Camden House, US
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Uncomfortable in his thick demob suit, George Greenfield was contemplating what to do with his six months' paid leave when he bumped into a friend outside Hatchards, the booksellers in Piccadilly. The year was 1946, and the friend's father, who owned the Hatchards Group, had recently acquired a small publishing house called T. Werner Laurie and needed someone to run it. Was George interested?
Indeed he was. Suddenly life on civvy street was beginning to take shape, and within a few short months George found himself puzzling over book trade jargon and trying to get used to the idea of being the publisher of Upton Sinclair, Colette and Guy de Maupassant. Flourishing under the mercurial wing of Hatchards' chief, Clarence Hatry, George quickly found his feet in the post-war publishing scene and inevitably came into contact with the acknowledged sharks of the book pond - Literary Agents.
Now, exactly fifty years after the publication of his first book, George Greenfield looks back over a memorable half-century in the book world. With humour and insight he comments on the businesses of publishing and agenting, and delightfully recalls many of the anecdotes and incidents accumulated during a distinguished career.
In 1946 George Greenfield through an accident of circumstance began running a small publishing house (the property of a friend's father) and began to absorb the arcane lingo of the publishing game. He became the publisher of Upton Sinclair, Colette, and Guy de Maupassant (to name a few). He quickly found his feet in the post-war publishing scene and came into contact with the sharks of the book pond -- literary agents. Curious about the ways of this mysterious species, his move into agenting occurred in 1952. It was a whole new career, one that spanned over thirty-five years of distinguished service with some of the most famous names in publishing and entertainment. Through a combination of luck, judgment and contacts, Greenfield has enjoyed a blue-chip client list of enviable diversity, with celebrities from the worlds of sport and exploration as well as best-selling authors putting their trust in him to clinch the right deals. Stirling Moss, Sir Francis Chichester, John Le Carre, Sidney Sheldon, David Niven, to name just a few. Now, fifty years after the publication of his first book in the publishing company of a friend's father, George Greenfield looks back over a memorable half-century in the book world. With humor and insight he comments on the business of publishing and agenting, and delightfully recalls many of the anecdotes and incidents accumulated during a distinguished career: encounter with Robert Maxwell (who offered $10 million for Margaret Thatcher's memoirs only to withdraw the following day) and many others are recalled with appropriate relish or affection. Informative and informed, evocative and entertaining, A Smattering Of Monsters: A Kind Of Memoir is self-deprecating, honest, and hugely enjoyable. -- Midwest Book Review
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