AN OCCUPATION FOR GENTLEMEN by Frederic Warburg

AN OCCUPATION FOR GENTLEMEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a record unique in publishing which makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes. And as a human interest study its appeal extends beyond those limits. Warburg is a distinguished English publisher whose story spans the scale from a more or less accidental stumbling into a job at Routledge, a scholarly English house, through successive steps to managing-directorship -- and then, when he moved too fast for the staid directors- to finding himself sacked. But the fairytale part of his story is the acquisition of a bankrupt business-with an enviable record of significant publishing- of his partners, and the colorful, dynamic wife who supplied the drive that gave him courage- and of the slender margin of survival through the grim years of the depression, to emerge with a firm that stands out as courageous, significant -- and solvent-today. Many of the names of his authors are familiar on both sides of the Atlantic; many will be known largely to those in the same field. But nobody will close the book without feeling that a new dimension has been added to his understanding of publishing-and a new personality encountered who will not readily be forgotten.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin