Knopf, Alfred

Knopf, Alfred

(1892–1984) publisher; born in New York City. He founded his own firm in 1915, and with the aid of his wife, Blanche, made it successful while retaining a commitment to high literary excellence; his authors included 16 Nobel Prize laureates and 26 Pulitizer Prize winners. Although the firm eventually became a division of Random House, he headed it until his death.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.