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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.

Q:

Well, they did on that Publisher's Weekly list of the year's best-sellers.

Cerf:

Oh, yes, but the Times best-seller list has never included them.

Q:

Let's see. Tell about the Peabody Committee.

Cerf:

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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