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Harry and we were old friends. We gave the
Burnetts the money to refloat the magazine. It didn't
Did they come to you and ask for it?
I don't remember how it started, but we gave them
space in our office on Fifty-seventh Street and Madison
They rapidly became kind of a pain in the neck.
They were always popping up. But we did uncover a few
authors through them, one of them being--the most important
You told me the Saroyan story.
Then let's get on to our acquisition of Marcel
Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.
This was another important addition to the Random
House list. Proust had been published by a fine old
gentleman named Thomas Seltzer, the uncle of Albert and
Charles Boni. He was a first-rate publisher, but he had no
business sense at all. He always was short of capital.
He would just go along, doing a couple of fine little books
a year. None of them would sell very much. But he did
When he retired, I ran down quickly and bought the
Proust property from him...
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