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I wasn't being bighearted. I thought that not only
was it honest, but it was judicious. If one author would
find out that somebody else was getting two-thirds after a
certain amount and he was only getting fifty per cent, he
would have every reason to call me a son of a bitch.
Now what about this Famous Writers School?
The Famous Artists School was started by a man named
Al Dorne, who was a personal friend of mine, and Milton
Breslauer, whom I knew even more intimately. So I was privy
to the Famous Artists School when it was started but had no
particular interest in it.
Who put up the money? It isn't non-profit. Did these
two men put up the money?
Breslauer put up most of the first money. Dorne had
the idea. Breslauer became active in it as it started growing,
but later on he became sick and sold out. He's out it entirely
I watched what they were doing and I was surprised by
its success. It caught on almost from the start. Then Dorne
got the idea that the Famous Writers School could do just as
well as the now-established Art division. I was one of the
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