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Cerf:

No, because it's his duty.

Q:

I'm glad to hear that because I happen to love poetry. You started out in the very beginning with Robert Graves and then, at this period...

Cerf:

I got Robinson Jeffers.

Q:

Robinson Jeffers and then W. H. Auden.

Cerf:

Robert Graves and Auden. Then we signed C. Day Lewis, who has just been made the Poet Laureate. Then came Stephen Spender. We did all of those young English poets.

Q:

Did you meet any of them?

Cerf:

Certainly.

Auden is still with Random House. We're good friends. Spender stopped writing poetry and began writing mystery stories under the name of Nicholas Blake. Harper has his mystery stories. But Auden--we published a new volume of his poetry last year. His collected poetry is a standard backlist item at Random House. We also have him in the Modern Library.

Q:

What kind of a person is he?



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