A “Random” Fact

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I don’t know if you will be as excited to learn this as I was, but last night I was reading Alexandra Styron’s memoir about growing up as William Styron’s (Sophie’s Choice) daughter when I reached a part where the author describes her famous father’s friendship with Bennett Cerf who started Random House.  In this section of Reading My Father, Alexandra Styron explains how Cerf and a partner bought the Modern Library series and decided to publish books as well.  Here’s Cerf’s quote: “As for the name (Random House), we just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at Random.”  I had no idea that that’s what the “Random” in Random House refers to…

And that “random” house? It was drawn by the American artist and illustrator Rockwell Kent.


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  1. Love that! Had no idea where the name came from, either. And I didn’t know the logo came from Rockwell Kent; he’s one of my favorite painters and he spent a lot of time in a part of Maine that I love. Thanks, Shelley!

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