â€śIâ€™ve got the name for our publishing operation. We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random. Letâ€™s call it Random House.â€ť So recounts Bennett Cerf in this wonderfully amusing memoir of the making of a great publishing house. An incomparable raconteur, possessed of an irrepressible wit and an abiding love of books and authors, Cerf brilliantly evokes the heady days of Random Houseâ€™s first decades. Part of the vanguard of young New York publishers who revolutionized the book business in the 1920s and â€™30s, Cerf helped usher in publishingâ€™s golden age. Cerf was a true personality, whose other pursuits (columnist, anthologist, author, lecturer, radio host, collector of jokes and anecdotes, perennial judge of the Miss America pageant, and panelist on Whatâ€™s My Line?) helped shape his reputation as a man of boundless energy and enthusiasm and brought unprecedented attention to his company and to his authors. At once a rare behind-the-scenes account of book publishing and a fascinating portrait of four decadesâ€™ worth of legendary authors, from James Joyce and William Faulkner to Ralph Ellison and Eudora Welty, At Random is a feast for bibliophiles and anyone whoâ€™s ever wondered what goes on inside a publishing house.