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the night and work until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, when
nobody's around to disturb him. Then he sleeps until noon.
It's very hard to get O'Hara on the phone before noon. He's
In fact, he's very hard to get on the phone, period.
He has unlisted numbers and if I ever give them out, he almost
murders me. He's always being pestered. People want to interview
him, girls in particular. John was a great lady's man in
his day, but he feels that he's beyond that now. He still
appreciates pretty girls. Well, that's O'Hara.
Also in '49 we signed up an author whom unfortunately
we lost. We did a book by Mary McCarthy called The Oasis, but
she was Robert Linscott's personal contact. I only met her
once. Then they had a fight. I never found out what it was
about, but she left in a huff because of Linscott. That's how
you sometimes lose a very important author. It's nothing
that you've done yourself but because they had a fight with
their editor. Linscott got her and Linscott lost her.
Then in 1950 came the Landmark Books.
Which you've gone into.
One thing that you did in this period...you sold the
Wonder Book Series in '49 to Curtis. I wonder why?
Wonder Books were similar to the Golden Book juveniles.
They were a little bit more expensive than the Golden Books,
which sold for a quarter. Our series was designed to sell for
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