Friday, January 09, 2009

Editor Fired, Not Re-hired!

Ugh, more bad, bad, bad breaking news:

Pantheon Publisher FIRED!

Layoffs have re-commenced at Random House with the firing of Janice Goldklang, the publisher of its legendary Pantheon imprint. Goldklang had been in the position for nearly 30 years. In the Random House reorganization announced on Black Wednesday, Pantheon had become part of the Knopf group to be headed by Sonny Mehta. The company is one of Random House’s most prestigious imprints, founded in 1942 by German emigre intellectuals Helen and Kurt Wolff, and published nuermous works that are now considered classics, such as Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago and The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. It was run by Jacques Schiffrin, another European escapee from Hitler, then by Schiffrin’s son Andre Schiffrin, who ran the company after it was bought by Random House in 1960. Eventually Schiffrin was succeed by Gladklang, who in turn transformed the company into a more modern, slightly more comercial publisher of contemporary literature with a specialty in graphic novels such as Maus by Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware’s he Acme Novelty Library . No word yet on who will replace Goldklang.

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