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How did your relationship with Marquand come up? I
remember seeing it in the scrapbook. I can't remember
exactly. I looked at that a little while ago. It must
have been some...
He was a judge of the Book-of-the-Month Club. I met
him at dinners with the Schermans, and he'd be at these
cocktail parties that the Schermans gave. He was an utterly
But you were never able to get him?
I never tried to. Oh, no. He was an established
Little, Brown author. We don't go out stealing other
Well, it's different. I think that it's a gentleman's
business to a certain extent.
There are some publishers who are absolutely ruthless
about stealing authors. I'm not going to leave this in the
book, but one of the finest gentlemen in the publishing
business certainly has no scruples about stealing authors
and that's Cass Canfield. He thinks that any author's fair
game for him. If it was somebody that I disliked, I'd have
been outraged; but I love Cass and take that as part of him.
He's a pirate! So, if we can ever get a Harper author, of
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