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this. I was going to get the most important authors in the
When I came back, our Louise Bonino was a little dubious.
“In the first place, you won't be able to get these people to
write these books for children. Second of all, I don't know
whether there'll be enough demand for a whole book about the
Pilgrims or, say, a whole book about the first transcontinental
railroad.” Anyway, those first ten titles were the ones I
wanted for the send-off of the series.
I went from one author to another and every one of them
jumped at the chance. They thought it was a great idea. The
keystone of the whole thing was a wonderful woman named
Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
I know her.
She was a great woman.
Oh, boy, was she.
My partner Bob Haas's place up in Vermont was right
next to the Fisher home. They were great personal friends. I
wanted a book by Dorothy Canfield Fisher desperately. Bob
Haas said, “She's such a busy woman. I won't allow you to
He was protecting her?
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