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he couldn't compose it for her that night. I was singing
it in advance.
This is why that you wanted to play jokes on him though--
because he just asked for it.
He asked for it.
Now let's turn to the time in 1944 when you, along with
the Book-of-the-Month Club, Harper's, Scribner's and Little
Brown bought Grosset and Dunlap. I know that Grosset and
Dunlap was a reprint publisher. Why did you all buy it?
By this time Pocketbooks had started. It was owned by
Simon and Schuster and was virtually the only paperback
company in America. They were beginning to do an enormous
business. Suddenly one day Donald Grosset, the son of Alex
Grosset who was one of the founders of Grosset and Dunlap,
came to me in a panic and said, “Marshall Field, who has
bought pocketbooks in Simon and Schuster, is now going to
buy Grosset and Dunlap.” Through the machinations of Simon
and Schuster's financial genius, Mr. Leon Shimkin, the deal
had been all set up and that he was going to be fired he knew.
They weren't going to keep him, and a lot of old Grosset
people, a lot of faithful old retainers were going to be
bounced out. He was desperate and asked, “Couldn't we buy
Grosset and Dunlap instead of Marshall Field?”
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