Menu JTA Search

Among the Literati

Download PDF for this date

M. G. Michaels, fat, bland, expansive, who once taught the boys English in a New York City high school but who left that job to teach the public to read books, has become the buyer for Dutton’s book-store in New York. He was formerly buyer for Womrath’s and more recently did the purchasing for Brentano’s. Mike is the most enthusiastic fellow in the book business…. Arthur Garfield Hays, lawyer of liberal causes, sailed for France recently to-meet a group of foreign lawyers who are preparing a defense for the Communists now being held for trial on the charge of having set fire to the Reichstag. Mr. Hays expects to appear at the trial which will be held at Berlin during the winter. Having recently earned a sizeable fee in the Wendel will case, Mr. Hays feels a particular desire to aid the more unfortunate…. Arthur Pell, president of Liveright, will bid for the business when the referee in bankruptcy holds a sale this coming week. All efforts to save the once flourishing publishing house have failed…. Louis Kronenberger, critic and publisher’s reader who, up to a few weeks ago, was on the staff of a magazine called “Modern Youth” is now working for Alfred Knopf…. A southern Rabbi who was active in the Scottsboro case and gave up his pulpit to aid the cause believes that the Negroes will have another trial, that the missing witness will testify, that there will be Negroes on the jury and that the boys will be convicted. He is not merely guessing….

Book business has improved so much that booksellers are once again eating twice daily…. Salesmen on the road with the Fall line report sales are anywhere from fifty to one hundred percent better than last Spring…. Ben Hecht off on a month’s cruise and promises to return with a finished manuscript. Publisher waits with increasing impatience. A Hecht book means at least a 10,000 sale, which is nothing to sneer at…. The perfect author is Hans Fallada who wrote “Little Man, What Now?” He told Max Schuster not to spend too much money advertising his book…. The Nazi movement in Germany certainly got under the skins of our Jewish literati, even F.P.A. of the Herald-Tribune has turned Jewish again…. Now if George Nathan will break out into Yiddish the picture will be complete….

What weekly paper connected with amusements is going steadily down hill? All because some of the boys on the staff have the idea that they are bigger and smarter than the industry they serve….

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund