Cerf, Bennett (Alfred)(1898–1971) publisher, editor, writer; born in New York City. After successfully marketing reprint classics under the Modern Library imprint, he cofounded Random House in 1927, serving as its president for nearly 40 years. An editor of humor and other anthologies, he also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and appeared regularly on television.
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