William Targ (1907-1999) was a successful publisher and editor who published several books by Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001).
Powell was a librarian, bibliographer, and collector of books and avidly wrote on these subjects. After being appointed University
Librarian of the UCLA Library and director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in 1944, Powell became the first
Dean of the UCLA School of Library Service in 1960. The Targ letters from Lawrence Clark Powell, which span almost twenty
five years, document their professional relationship and the development of friendship.
William Targ (1907-1999) was a well-known editor and publisher based in New York. He was also a bookseller, collector, and
writer. He is perhaps most famous for agreeing to publish Mario Puzo's novel
The Godfather when he served as editor-in-chief of G. P. Putnam's Sons. Targ became acquainted with Lawrence Clark Powell through publishing
several of Powell’s books including
Bookman's Progress and
Southwest: Three Definitions.
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