Bennett Cerf (1898–1971) was the founder and president of Random House, publishers of Atlas Shrugged. Cerf had written to AR (prior to publication of the article): “I’ll be outraged if this piece doesn’t turn out to be objective and fair.”
August 28, 1961
Thank you for your letter of August 25, about the issue of The Saturday Evening Post article. I think you know why the attitude you expressed means a great deal to me and why I appreciate it profoundly.
I hope that you will succeed.
Cerf responded: “Your reputation grows every day, and your thousands of admirers know perfectly well who are your friends and who are your enemies. . . . I am very proud to be your publisher!”