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Bennett Alfred Cerf

Bennett Alfred Cerf, American book publisher. Recipient Distinguished Service award New York Philanthropic League, 1964. Member Peabody Awards committee, 1950-1967, 69-70, Chairman of Commission, 1955-1967.; Served in O.T.C., Camp Lee, Virginia, 1918.; Member Pi Lambda Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Epsilon.

Background

  • Cerf, Bennett Alfred was born on May 25, 1898 in New York, New York, United States. Son of Gustave and Fredericka (Wise) Cerf.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Columbia, 1919. Bachelor of Letters, Columbia School of Journalism, 1920.

    Career

    • 1936; married second, Phyllis Fraser, 1940. Children—Christopher Bennett, Jonathan Fraser. Vice president Boni and Liveright, publishers, 1923-1925.

      Founded Modern Library, Incorporated, 1925, president, 1925-1970. Founded Random House, Inc., 1927, president, 1927-1965, chairman, 1965-1970, Chairman of the Board, senior editor, 1970. Director Bantam Books, 1945-1967.

      Director Radio Corporation of America, Inc., Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Panelist on What’s My Line, 1952-1966.

    Works

    • Author: Try and Stop Me, 1944. Laughing Stock, public 1945. Anything for a Laugh, 1946.

      Shake Well Before Using, 1948. Laughter, Inc., 1950. Good for a Laugh, 1952.

      Encyclopedia of American Humor, 1954. Life of the Party, 1956. Reading for Pleasure, 1957.

      The Laugh’s On Me, 1959. Out on a Limerick, 1960. Riddle-De-Dee, 1962
    • Laugh Day, 1965.

      Treasury of Atrocious Puns, 1968. Bennett Cerf’s Sound of Laughter, 1970. Stories to Make You Feel Good, 1971.

      Contributing editor King Features, others.

    Membership

    Member Peabody Awards committee, 1950-1967, 69-70, Chairman of Commission, 1955-1967. Served in O.T.C., Camp Lee, Virginia, 1918. Member Pi Lambda Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Epsilon.

    Clubs: Dutch Treat, Overseas Press.

    Connections

    • Married Sylvia Sidney, 1935 (divorced 1936. Married second, Phyllis Fraser, 1940. Children: Christopher Bennett, Jonathan Fraser.
    • father: Gustave Cerf
    • mother: Fredericka (Wise) Cerf
    • spouses: Sylvia Sidney
    • Phyllis Fraser
    • children: Christopher Bennett Cerf
    • Jonathan Fraser Cerf
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    Born March 25, 1898
    Died August 27, 1971
    (aged 73)
    Nationality

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