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go over our advance list with me, and we became very, very
good friends. When they started the Condensed Books project,
Ralph was more or less in charge of it. This was a good
break for Random House. At first some publishers thought
the idea was dangerous, but I was enthusiastic about it long
before I realized how big it was going to be. I thought
that it was still one more way of getting people interested
in books. Needless to say, it was a huge success.
They've used quite a few Random House books--not as
many in the past years for some reason. We seem to have
lost some of our influence up around the Digest. I don't
There's nothing more that you have to add on Wallace?
Because I think of him as being such an interesting, sort
of unusual person that there ought to be stories.
No. He's a marginal friend. He's been here occasionally,
and we've been to his house for dinners, usually
with Mike and Jan Cowles, who are neighbors of ours in
Mount Kisco. Mike Cowles and Jan are very close friends of
ours, but the Wallaces are not. We move in entirely
different spheres and we have entirely different political
Do you think that Mrs. Wallace is influential?
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