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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Simon Michael Bessie
RLIN number: NXCP87-A17
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: New York childhood, Harvard; NEWARK STAR-EAGLE; research at RKO-Radio pictures; LOOK magazine; Director, news division, Office of War Information, Algiers and London, 1943-45; United States Information Service, Paris, 1945-46; Harper & Brothers, 1946-59: editorial and personal experiences with authors John Cheever, Tallulah Bankhead, Alfred Kinsey, Alice B. Toklas, Grandma Moses, Kenneth Tynan, others; teaching publishing courses, Columbia, 1950s, and New School; founding, operating Atheneum Books, 1959-75: books and authors, finance, policy; return to Harper & Row, 1975; impressions of New York publishing; visit to Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, 1976.
Extent: Transcript: 307 leaves, Tape: 5 reels, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Open. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1984. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information. Microfiche copy available for purchase. (Columbia University oral history collection, part V, published by Meckler Publishing, Westport, CT).
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1976 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Bessie, Simon Michael, 1916-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1916
Speaker occupation: Publisher
Age at speaking: 60
Document date: 1976
Interviewer: Sheaffer, Louis
Organizations discussed: U.S. Department of War; U.S. Information Agency
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Authors; Book industries and trade; North America; Publishers and publishing; U.S. Department of War; U.S. Information Agency; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Atheneum Books; Bessie, Simon Michael, 1916-; Harper & Row, Publishers; Sadat, Anwar, 1918-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0017632-13075