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I don't think that it sold ten extra books. We don't expect
the readers of the New York Times Book Review, to be particular
adherents of Rod McKuen, but his books are selling on an
average of 3,000 to 6,000 books every week. This is poetry,
mind you! If you sell two thousand copies of the average
book of poetry in all sometimes, you're quite satisfied.
Rod is incredible. To show you how accurate best-seller
lists are,...McKuen's books have never appeared on bestseller
lists. As a matter of fact, his first two are the
number one and two books in the country right now. There's
no question about it.
Well, they did on that Publisher's Weekly list of the
Oh, yes, but the Times best-seller list has never
Let's see. Tell about the Peabody Committee.
I was made a member of the Peabody Committee in 1955.
The Peabody Committee gives out awards for excellence in
radio and television every year. The Peabody awards have
become probably as well known as the Oscars are in movies.
They are supervised by the University of Georgia. Peabody
was an Atlantian who left a substantial legacy for the
purpose, and a man named John Drury, who is the head of the
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