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married to millionaires. Knowing Truman, he would know the
models. I said, “Truman, some of your best friends aren't
going to talk to you after this.” Truman said, “Oh, I'm too
smart for that.” He'll have them all mixed up so that each
one will know who it is except themselves. Of course they
all know he's doing it, and they're waiting with some
Did he ever suggest...? I know that Harper “Lee was
published by Lippincott.
She didn't want to come to Random House.
You never saw the book?
I never saw the book because she thought that we'd
take it just to please Truman and she wanted to make it on
her own. Damn it all, she took it to Lippincott:
But apparently that book had a lot of work done on it
Yes. As a matter of fact, if she had brought it to
us, it may not have turned out as well as it did. It would
have depended on who became the editor. I think that it's
one of the finest novels of recent years.
Of course Truman is in it. There is a little boy who
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