John Chipman Farrar (February 25, 1896 – November 5, 1974) was an American editor, writer and publisher. Farrar founded two publishing companies — Farrar & Rinehart and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He also conceived and founded the Breadloaf Writers' Conference in 1926.
Farrar was born in Burlington, Vermont. After serving in World War I as an aviation inspector, he graduated in 1919 from Yale University, where he was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society. In that year his book Forgotten Shrines was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He became editor of The Bookman, up to its 1927 purchase by Seward Collins. Going into publishing, he worked for two years at Doubleday, Doran and Company. In 1929 he founded the house of Farrar and Rinehart, with Stanley M. Rinehart Jr. and Frederick R. Rinehart, sons of Mary Roberts Rinehart who had also been at Doubleday Doran. Later, after war work in WWII, he helped to found Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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Acquisition Note: Source: From the Ija Adler Collection.
Originally laid in The Syllabus of a Novel to be Called Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen. PS3501 L5 A88 1932
Accession number 1231
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