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But it was quite an achievement at the time and quite
Then, about this time, in 1937, we began building the
juvenile department at Random House, which didn't amount to
very much until Smith and Haas came with us. With Smith
and Haas came their juvenile editor, a superb girl, called
Is she still with you?
She's still on part time with us, by her own wish.
She wanted to retire.
Harcourt Brace had a great system in those days. They
got the honor graduates from Hunter College every year.
The honor graduate from the English department from
Hunter in New York and offered her a job. Louise Bonino was
one of these girls who had won honors at Hunter. At Harcourt
she rapidly established herself as great. Then she went over
with Smith and Haas. For various personal reasons, she didn't
stay at Harcourt.
She went over to Smith and Haas and came with them to
us. We didn't realize at the time what a valuable star this
was...because the juvenile department of Random House today
is one of the biggest in the country and probably the best.
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