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Vintage Books was founded in 1954 by Alfred A. Knopf as a trade paperback home for its authors. Its publishing list includes a wide range, from the most influential works of world literature to cutting edge contemporary fiction and distinguished non-fiction. With a list that includes such important writers as William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, Albert Camus, Ralph Ellison, Raymond Chandler, William Styron, A.S. Byatt, Philip Roth, Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Munro, V. S. Naipaul, Haruki Murakami, Bret Easton Ellis, David Guterson, and Richard Russo, it is one of today's foremost trade paperback publisher. 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ... William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was a Nobel Prize-winning novelist from Mississippi. ... Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков; pronounced ) (April 22 [O.S. April 10] 1899, Saint Petersburg – July 2, 1977, Montreux) was a Russian-American author. ... Albert Camus (pronounced ) (November 7, 1913 – January 4, 1960) was a French author and philosopher and one of the principal luminaries of absurdism. ... Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1913[1] – April 16, 1994) was a scholar and writer. ... Raymond Chandler Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an Anglo-American author of crime stories and novels. ... William Clark Styron, Jr. ... Dame Antonia Susan Byatt, DBE, (born August 24, 1936, Sheffield, England) has been hailed by some as one of the great postmodern novelists in Britain. ... Philip Roth Philip Milton Roth (born March 19, 1933, Newark, New Jersey) is an American novelist. ... Richard Ford (February 16, 1944- ) is an American novelist and short story writer. ... For the musician Cormac McCarthy, see Cormac McCarthy (musician). ... Alice Ann Munro, née Laidlaw (born 10 July 1931) is an award-winning Canadian short story writer who is widely considered an important writer in that form. ... V.S.Naipauls 2005 book Literary Occasions Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, T.C. (born August 17, 1932, in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago), better known as V. S. Naipaul, is a Trinidadian-born British novelist of Hindu heritage and Indo-Trinidadian ethnicity. ... Haruki Murakami , born January 12, 1949) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. ... Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American author. ... Gutersons novel Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson (born May 4, 1956 in Seattle) is an American author and magazine journalist, formerly a high school English teacher. ... Richard Russo (born July 15, 1949, in Johnstown, New York and raised in nearby Gloversville, New York) is an American novelist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. ...


It is a subdivision of Random House publishing, in turn part of Bertelsmann, a German media conglomerate. Random House is a publishing division of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann based in New York City. ... Bertelsmann AG is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in Gütersloh, Germany. ...


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Mehta is evidence that the many publishers remain very independent, and as motivated as ever to out-do one another, partly because their compensation is tied only to their own house's results.
As a result, publishers say, when Peter Olson, the Bertelsmann executive who heads Random House, periodically convenes the eight heads of the company's publishing divisions at Bertelsmann's Times Square headquarters, most compete to say as little as possible about their publishing plans, for fear of tipping their hands to the competition.
Publishing a list of older titles in paperback would provide a badly needed cushion of predictable cash flow and would allow Little Random to reap more of the long-term benefits from its successful new books.
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