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No. After a couple of years Beginner Books was getting
so big, it was becoming embarrassing. We bought Beginner Books
from the three of them for a pretty penny. Phyllis is still
yapping that we cheated her, but actually the three of them
were very happy.
Is that how she then began...?
She was co-editor. It soon developed that Phyllis was
getting stronger and stronger and more opinionated as she waxed
more successful and became engrossed in retarded children
problems. Ted is not used to being crossed. He is a genius.
They began fighting with each other over every book. Phyllis
is a perfectionist. So is Ted. Neither would compromise.
Finally Phyllis bowed out of Beginner Books entirely to start
another series of her own called Step-Up Books, which is for
kids just getting beyond Beginner Books. She and Ted remained
friends, but they simply could not work together because Ted
has to have his own way. Here he was out in California and
they would talk for an hour on long distance and Phyllis would
usually end up in tears because neither would give in. They
would fight over a single word for three hours. I used to go
crazy listening. When they flew east, they would come up to
Mt. Kisco for the weekend; and I'd just clear out because they
would argue all day over a page because they cared so desperately.
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