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appreciate his political ideas. I had to apologize and put
the poems into the next edition.
That was something that I admired when I read it because
you explained your position publicly and admitted you
probably had been wrong.
I decided that when people I respected, like Lewis
Gannett, told me that I was wrong, well then, I must have
been wrong. I still in my heart don't think that I was, but
I had to admit that I was overwhelmed by people feeling the
other way. I must say that I have never been ashamed to
say that I was wrong. Even my wife admits it. About once
a year, when I am wrong, I admit it.
At this time--this is in the late Forties--can you
think of any book that Random House turned down that later
became a great success?
Oh, lots of them.
Is there any one that sticks in your mind?
There was one time when Random House had turned down
the number one and number two best-sellers on The New York
Times best-seller list.
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