Avon Calling

Just as he was about to retire from editing, Herman Gollob fell in love--with Shakespeare

When book editor Herman Gollob finally put down his blue pencil in 1995--having spent more than 35 years polishing the works of such authors as Donald Barthelme, James Clavell, Arthur Hailey, Alex Haley, Bill Moyers and Leon Uris--he had the usual fuzzy plans for retirement. He imagined, as many of us do, that he would simply dive into the pile of books he had never read, the videos he had never watched, the CDs he had never heard.

But then something strange happened. A few weeks before retiring, Gollob went to see a performance of Hamlet starring Ralph Fiennes, the...

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