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L. STUART ROSE
Stuart Rose (1899?-1975) led an active career in book and magazine publishing with organizations such the Ladies Home Journal, the New Yorker, Robert M. McBride and Company, Little, Brown, and Co., the Saturday Evening Post, and David McKay. Born in New York City, he served with the United States Cavalry in France in World War I. Throughout his life he remained interested in horses and bore great enthusiasm for steeplechases and fox-hunting. Rose's autobiography, There's a Fox in the Spinney (1967), aptly bears the subtitle "Memories of Fox-hunting, Racing, and Publishing." At the publisher McBride and Company, Rose worked closely with authors like James Branch Cabell, Thorne Smith, and Robert Nathan. He accepted John Steinbeck's first novel, Cup of Gold (1929), for McBride, though he left the firm before the book was published. For twenty-four years, beginning in the late 1920s, Stuart Rose was an editor at the Saturday Evening Post. He also worked for Twentieth Century Fox, where he recommended plays and novels for adaptation into film.
The cover and Editorial Note for Brentano's Book Chat, May-June 1924
In 1924, Rose was working in the editorial department of Brentano's, a publishing house run by the popular international chain of bookstores with which it shared its name. At Brentano's, Rose helped publish authors such as Ronald Firbank. He also wrote for and assisted in editing the firm's literary magazine, Brentano's Book Chat. In this issue, Book Chat's editor, Joel Townsley Rogers, mentions "Mr. Rose" as one of his editorial colleagues in his prefatory note.