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March 10, 1987
Cross, one of Harper & Row Publishers' major stockholders, offered $34 a share, or about $148 million for the company. Cross, who is from Princeton, N.J., described the offer as "friendly but unsolicited." In a telephone interview, Cross, 62, said he also planned to retire Harper & Row's $40 million in outstanding debt and would take the company private. He said he sent a letter to the board of directors at Harper & Row outlining the proposal and requested a response by March 17.
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November 20, 2013 | By David Colker
The more than 70 children's books by Charlotte Zolotow are not, in many cases, escapist, fantasy fare. "My Grandson Lew" is about a boy struggling with the death of his grandfather; "The Old Dog" concerns the loss of a beloved pet; "The Hating Book" deals with anger toward a friend; and "William's Doll" is about a boy who is bullied because he wants a doll. Zolotow approached these topics and many more in a gentle, reassuring manner. But the author, who had a difficult, troubled upbringing, firmly believed that it was unhealthy for children's feelings toward sadness to be discounted or, even worse, ignored.
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March 30, 1987 | Associated Press
Media baron Rupert Murdoch said today that he has agreed to acquire Harper & Row Publishers Inc., topping two earlier offers for the 170-year-old book company with a $65-a-share bid he valued at about $300 million. Harper executives said that they were pleased with the agreement and that Harper's board will recommend it to shareholders. Theodore L.
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April 28, 1994 | MARIA D. LASO
Brumberg divides her book into four sections, first discussing the psychology of how skin-care products are pitched to us and how we make the choices of what products we buy. Next she describes how to become your own beauty expert and understand your particular skin type. Then she guides you through choosing and using the best cleansers, moisturizers, anti-aging agents and sunscreens. The final section combines all this information into a routine suited to you for managing skin care.
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June 21, 1987 | Frances Ruhlen McConnel
"The Ladies of Missalonghi" is the first book in Harper & Row's new series of illustrated short fiction. Handsomely bound with lovely gray fabric spines and clean, attractive printing, they are slim volumes, pleasantly heavy to the hand. McCullough's novella is set in pre-World War I small-town Australia, but it is not really "historical"; rather it uses the period setting to heighten its "Romance" elements.
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June 28, 1987 | Ross Thomas, Thomas' new novel, "Out on the Rim," will be published in the fall by The Mysterious Press
British novelists still seem to retain their virtual monopoly of murder mysteries and detective stories that take place in particularly genteel settings and are called "cozies" because there is something so reassuringly familiar and repetitive about most of them. In the classic cozy, some sort of crime takes place, frequently a murder, often in the English countryside. An outside investigator, either amateur or professional, is lugged in by the author willy-nilly to help the well-meaning but understaffed or incompetent local constabulary with its inquiries.
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October 18, 1987
An insightful and highly readable history of 185 turbulent years, comprising five wars of foreign aggression and five revolutionary civil wars, that brought about the modern transformation of China's ancient civilization. The 40 years beginning in 1860 form a distinct era in the buildup of the Chinese Revolution--a time when the old system seemed to work again and some Western ways were adopted, yet China's progress was so comparatively slow that she became a sitting duck for greater foreign aggression.
BUSINESS
November 23, 1989 | From Reuters
Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that it will sell schoolbook publisher Scott Foresman & Co. to Rupert Murdoch's Harper & Row at a loss, ending its failed effort to make big money in textbooks. The $455-million deal, including the assumption of $48 million in debt, is the latest acquisition of a U.S. book publisher by a foreign group and comes at a troubled period in U.S. publishing. The transaction will result in a $175-million pretax loss in the fourth quarter for Time Warner.
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April 27, 1989 | From Associated Press
Harper & Row has agreed to pay $9.6 million for reprint rights to 33 titles by Agatha Christie, a bid that far exceeded what the auction had been expected to bring, it was reported today. The agreement amounts to almost $300,000 for each title, including such classics as "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Death on the Nile," the New York Times reported. It takes effect on Oct. 1, 1991. Harper's will then be able to publish the books for eight years and three months, after which several titles go into the public domain.
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December 23, 1988 | Associated Press
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday issued complaints against six of the nation's largest book publishers for allegedly discriminating illegally against independent bookstores by selling books at discounted prices to major bookstore chains. The complaints allege that the six publishers sell books at lower prices to large bookstore chains, including the nation's three biggest: Waldenbooks Inc., B. Dalton Bookseller and Crown Books Corp.
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October 21, 1990 | Lois Timnick, Timnick is a Times Staff Writer who has written extensively about child abuse. and
Fourteen years ago, 26 schoolchildren in the San Joaquin Valley town of Chowchilla were kidnaped from a bus and buried alive for 16 hours. A decade later, dozens of New Hampshire schoolchildren witnessed, via television, the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle and the death of their teacher inside. Both incidents were nightmares for those involved, but were dream opportunities for researchers like Lenore Terr, who specializes in the effects of psychic trauma in childhood.
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October 17, 1990 | JONATHAN KIRSCH
"In fourteen-hundred and ninety-two," as we all learned in grade school, "Columbus sailed the ocean blue." But how many of us know that Columbus "committed irreparable crimes against the Indians," including "mass murder"? We all know about the Boston Massacre, but what about the Ludlow Massacre of 1914, when the National Guard machine-gunned an encampment of striking coal miners and set their tents afire?
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September 23, 1990 | Margaret Randall
"Kingsolver brings to our literary panorama a social consciousness that is bedrock to her rich prose style . . . as profoundly regional as uniquely global."
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September 16, 1990 | Janet Kaye, Kaye is a lawyer and writer who teaches "Women and Media" at Cal State Northridge
All of us share "the task of making meaning out of life's ambiguous bounty," Nancy Mairs writes in the introduction to this collection of essays and one short story. Mairs' bounty has been limited by multiple sclerosis, "a chronic incurable degenerative disease," she writes, which "limits physical freedom and satisfaction--without turning either to jelly or to stone."
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September 9, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Twenty-one years have elapsed since Sir Kenneth Clark's examination of Western culture appeared on public television in America. The book, a collection of scripts from the series, offers an agreeable, readily approachable history of Western Civilization from the Dark Ages to the beginning of the 20th Century. It is, however, a very personal vision of that history: Clark always seemed to be on camera on the show, and he remains at the forefront of the text.
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September 4, 1990 | BETTYANN KEVLES
I wish I had known Peter Medawar, the British Nobelist who received the prize for physiology or medicine in 1960. Those who did, speak of him with awe. By all accounts he was brilliant and gracious, a humanist with a gift for explaining his passion in graceful prose.
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June 15, 1989 | ROSELLE M. LEWIS
Caring and Commitment: Learning to Live the Love We Promise by Lewis B. Smedes (Harper & Row: $14.95). More than 4 million American couples take wedding vows each year, but only about half will keep their commitments. Can these marriages be saved? Indeed, most can, according to Lewis B. Smedes, a Southern California theologian and author of the inspirational book, "Forgive and Forget." A lasting marriage is based on loyalty, sharing, listening with fine attention and the kind of commitment that transcends physical change and illness, says Smedes.
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March 13, 1987 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, Times Staff Writer
Harper & Row, the 170-year-old New York publishing house, is almost certain to succumb to one of two hostile takeover bids launched against it this week, analysts said Thursday, and with it will vanish one of the last remaining independent publishers that traditionally take the time to cultivate the young, the eccentric and the experimental in literature. Harper--once home to such writers as Herman Melville, James Thurber, E.B.
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September 2, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Although Bill Bryson was born in Iowa, he's lived much of his adult life in England, which enables him to write about the American heartland with both the contemptuous familiarity of a native and the bemused curiosity of an outsider. His account of driving the highways and byways of the Midwest, South and Northeast is very funny, if a bit scatological. What saves this smart-aleck travelogue from the sniggering cynicism of P. J.
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