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Some can. That's the ironic...
Some just get played out and know when to stop, but
the literary world is full of authors who keep on after
they have nothing more to say. We had a case the other day--the
man who wrote Studs Lonigan--James Farrell. His latest
manuscript, submitted to us, was pathetic.
Also in 1951, we published a book by David Dodge called
To Catch A Thief, which played a little part in history.
It was a very good mystery story, and was made into a great
movie. It was shot in Monte Carlo and one of the stars was
Grace Kelly. It led to her marriage with Prince Ranier.
We also did in the fall of 1951, The Farmers Hotel
by John O'Hara. This leads to a very funny Rodgers-O'Hara
story, which I don't think that I told you. Just before the
book was announced, O'Hara came to me and said that he
thought that he'd like to call it A Small Hotel. That's the
name of one of Dick Rodgers‘best songs. He said, “Do you
think that Dick will mind?" I said, “Well, of course he
won't mind.” Anyway they were great friends from Pal Joey,
which they had written together. I said, “Dick's office is
just up the avenue. Don't you think that it would be nice
if you asked him?" John said, “You're right.” So he went
up to see Dick Rodgers, came back about a half hour later
black with rage, as only John O'Hara could get in those
days. He slammed the book down on my table and said, “I'm
calling it The Farmers Hotel instead of A Small Hotel.” I
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