Betty Ballantine (born September 25, 1919) is an American publisher, editor, and writer. She and her husband Ian Ballantine helped create Bantam Books in 1945 and established Ballantine Books in 1952. They became freelance publishers in the 1970s. Their son Richard is an author and journalist specializing in cycling topics.
Betty Ballantine wrote a novel, The Secret Oceans, published by Bantam in 1994 (ISBN 0553096605) with illustrations by twelve artists.School Library Journal wrote, "This info-novel is a modern-day, ecology-oriented 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for kids."
In 1956, radio humorist/improvisational monologist Jean Shepherd perpetrated a major literary hoax, telling his listeners to ask in bookstores for a non-existent book by a non-existent author: I, Libertine, by "Frederick R. Ewing". The requests and publishing mystery reached such a level that Ian Ballantine asked science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, working with Shepherd, to write such a book, and he did. It's said that Sturgeon fell asleep before finishing it and that Betty Ballantine wrote the final chapter. It was published in September 1956, mostly in paperback, and sold several hundred thousand copies. There is a hardcover edition (also by Ballantine Books), as well as British hardcover and paperback editions.
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