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petering out.” He knew that he was getting sicker all of
What was wrong with him?
I don't Know if it was TB. But he wasted away. He
had trouble during the War. He was up in the Aleutians in
the Army, and you know how cold it is up there. It did him
in. During the last years of his life, he was virtually
supported by Lillian Hellman, an act of true devotion.
I think it would be interesting from a publishing point
of view to see how much money, in the past twenty or thirty
years, publishers have given in advances that they've never
It goes into many millions.
I know that it does, but I'd love to find out.
Random House alone, I would say, in its whole history,
has probably lost a million dollars in advances for books
that either we wouldn't take when they came in because they
were terrible or never came in at all--where the author
just walked off with the money. Dorothy Parker, just before
she died, announced that she had advances from five different
publishers for books that she had no intention-of ever
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