Random House 75th Anniversary

Random House author William Styron and editor Robert Loomis were interviewed about their work, their friendship, and their history with the… read more

Random House author William Styron and editor Robert Loomis were interviewed about their work, their friendship, and their history with the publishing house. The pair shared stories about Random House founders Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, authors William Faulkner and William Saroyan, and the books Ulysses and Lolita. They talked about Mr. Styron’s experience suffering from severe depression and the memoir that grew out of it. Mr. Styron and Mr. Loomis have known each other since the late 1940s when both attended Duke University. 

Ann Godoff was also interviewed.

William Styron is the author of nine books, including The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice, and Darkness Visible. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Medal of Arts. 

Robert Loomis is vice president and executive editor of Random House Trade Publishing Group. He joined Random House in 1957.

Mr. Loomis has edited the work of numerous authors, including Shelby Foote, Daniel Boorstin, Maya Angelou, Seymour Hersh, Woody Allen, Edmund Morris, and Terry Southern. He was awarded the Roger Klein Award for Creative Editing in 1977.

Ann Godoff is president, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Random House Trade Publishing Group, which includes Random House, Villard, and Modern Library. She is also executive vice president of Random House, Inc. Before coming to Random House in 1991, Ms. Godoff held positions as senior editor and editor-in-chief at Atlantic Monthly Press. In her role as an editor, she has worked with Salman Rushdie, Carl Sagan, Caleb Carr, John Berendt, Tina Rosenberg, and Nathan McCall. close

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Interview
Location:
New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
May 12, 2002
Last Aired:
Jan 13, 2007

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  • May 12, 2002 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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  • May 26, 2002 | 9:22am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 27, 2002 | 8:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 04, 2006 | 11:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 13, 2007 | 4:02pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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