How Rubin became Robbins

“Harold Robbins is my name, but what’s in a name. I’ve had many names, Cane, Rubin, Robbins. I guess you could say I became Haold Robbins.”

Harold said this when he began writing his own autobiography that was later put aside when he began The Predators. It has been erroneously reported that Harold Robbins changed his name from Rubin to Robbins for his first novel, Never Love A Stranger because it sounded too jewish.  In fact, and I make this in fact a bold and truthful statement…..The name change came from his publisher, Alfred Knopf who stated that “Robbins” would center easier on the book cover. This was verified by Knopf’s son when I was doing research for my book, Harold & Me, published by Forge Books. Knopf in 1948 may have wanted to change it for those reasons stated above, but the point is clear some writers don’t do their research. The statement he made claimed that Harold changed his name. But, if he had done any research he would have caught his question many times in many interviews, “What’s in a name?” Is it what we do or how we spell it that has significance?

Never Love A Stranger was a semi-autobiographical novel that he wrote while working in the accounting department at Universal Studios. He had gotten that promotion while working in the shipping department and discovering through his own research that thousands could be saved through a rebate program offered by the US Mail service. When the check came in the amount of $10,000 he went upstairs to the executive offices and handed that money to Mattie Fox, Vice President of production. Rubin was offered a promotion for his diligence. Harold Robbins always made things happen in his world. Wish he were here today!

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~ by haroldrobbinsnovels on September 21, 2010.

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