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successes. A hard back publisher, on the other hand, may
never get the book he's contracted for, or, when he does
get it, may find that it's not what it was supposed to be
or that the synopsis didn't work out. Sometimes when you
get the book, it has no more resemblance to the synopsis
that you've bought than the man in the moon.
We were talking about Hammett. Do you want to finish
I just mentioned because here is a man who couldn't
afford it, who was so honorable that when he saw that he
wasn't going to do the book that he insisted on repaying
the advance, which I thought was really noble of him because
it was unexpected. I had written this off and still hoped
that someday he would do the book, but he knew that he
never would. It was a very, very fine gesture.
Well, it's the integrity of the man that comes through.
Hammett was a man with integrity. That's what I'm
trying to say. Authors are like other people: you'll find
honest ones and you'll find crooks. There's no difference
between authors and anybody else.
To get on with my own story, we published, because
of my interest in the theater, books by the two great ladies
of the American theater, Katherine Cornell and Helen Hayes.
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