Left off her company's 5th anniversary tribute yet defined through Thomas Mann as "the soul of the firm," Blanche Knopf started her profession while she based Alfred A. Knopf together with her husband in 1915. together with her finger at the pulse of a swiftly altering tradition, Blanche fast turned a driver in the back of the firm.
A conduit to the literature of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, Blanche additionally legitimized the hard-boiled detective fiction of writers resembling Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Raymond Chandler; signed and nurtured literary authors like Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen, and Muriel Spark; received momentous works of journalism by way of John Hersey and William Shirer; and brought American readers to Albert Camus, André Gide, and Simone de Beauvoir, giving those French writers the good thing about her consummate editorial taste.
As Knopf celebrates its centennial, Laura Claridge seems to be again on the firm's beginnings and the dynamic lady who helped to outline American letters for the 20th century. Drawing on an enormous cache of papers, Claridge additionally captures Blanche's "witty, dependable, and a laugh" character, and her charged but oddly loving courting together with her husband. An intimate and infrequently brilliant biography, The woman with the Borzoi is the tale of an formidable, seductive, and impossibly hardworking lady who was firm to not be ignored or simply categorized.