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Among the Literati

July 15, 1934
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The biggest man in the book publishing business, Richard Simon (he is six feet, four inches tall), is about to take unto himself a wife—to wit, a slim, very personable young lady named Andrea Heinemann. The marriage is to take place at the end of this month when Mr. Simon’s partner, Max Schuster, returns from Europe. Miss Heinemann has been an employee of the firm of Simon & Schuster for about a year. She is related to the Heinemann who founded the famous English publishing house of that name. This will be Mr. Simon’s first marital venture. He is thirty-six and was until a short time ago a not entirely confirmed bachelor.


After a career that included working in a department store, Ruth Seinfel, newspaperwoman and novelist, has at last landed the job she has dreamed about. She has been made managing editor of a new weekly magazine called “The New York Woman.” The first issue is scheduled to appear on the newsstands in September, Professor Walter B. Pitkin will be the editorial director and the magazine will be devoted exclusively to things of interest to women.

Otto Soglow, who likes to be known as O. Soglow, creator of the “Little King,” illustrator and cartoonist of national fame who, a few years ago, was wondering where he could get the money for a new pencil and drawing board, recently moved into his palatial home at Ossining where he will spend the summer. A book of his drawings called “Wasn’t the Depression Terrible?” will be issued next month…. Manny Eisenberg, press agent, poet and potential novelist, returned from a vacation and is back at his desk at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


An attention caller, an irate lady from Winnetka, Ill., took rather violent exception to a paragraph that appeared in this space some weeks ago. The item in question was one of those veiled references to a certain lady novelist who received as an advance payment of royalties a great deal of money because her husband’s books were published by the same publisher and whose novel failed to sell. The lady from Illinois calls the writer of the piece in question a cub (the flatterer), and labels these serious efforts “a cheap brand of gossip.” She also goes on to say that the novelist this “cub” had in mind was Rose Caylor and the book was “The Journey.” The irate female guessed wrong. The lady novelist was a writer of very light fiction and her husband wrote adventure stories. It should also be added that the publisher of “The Journey,” which although not a big seller, received a fine critical press was not the publisher referred to in the original paragraph which caused our friend from Winnetka to demand a retraction.

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