Designing John Hersey's The Wall: W. A. Dwiggins, George Salter, and the Challenges of American Holocaust Memory

  title={Designing John Hersey's The Wall: W. A. Dwiggins, George Salter, and the Challenges of American Holocaust Memory},
  author={Robert Franciosi},
  journal={Book History},
  pages={245 - 274}
Widely admired in 1950 for a list of authors including Willa Cather, Thomas Mann, and Albert Camus, the House of Knopf was even more esteemed within the book trade for the quality and design of its volumes. Founder Alfred A. Knopf brought to his company a devotion to the bookmaking craft that had been largely absent from American publishing since the advent of machine presses in the mid-nineteenth century, a commitment founded on the premise that excellent texts warranted equally impressive… 
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