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Look what he has done with Atheneum, which is amazing.
Alfred was wrong. The Knopf alumni association is
all over the publishing business...people who had worked
for Knopf and couldn't stand it because Alfred is a loner.
His wife was more dictatorial. They spent their years
fighting with each other and developing a magnificent publishing
business. That's the funny part of it, with all of
his quirks and his inability to keep good editors because
he would override them all of the time--the Knopf list is
the mark of a wonderful, distinguished publisher. He's one
of the great ones of our time--maybe the greatest.
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