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let him take it; and we've always done that ourselves. If you
have an editor you trust, if he's behind a book and the advance
isn't too staggering we don't even always read it any more than
Horace did. He'd say, “Well, if you're that crazy about it, I
trust you as an editor. Go ahead.” We do the same.
Would an editor go to the meeting and have to defend himself.
Sometimes, yes. Now, there were experiences. For instan.
I did the catalogue. It was the kind of a place that any time
you volunteered to do anything, you got it because most of them
were busy drinking bootleg liquor. It was a very gay place.
And if anybody wanted to work, there was plenty of work to do;
and I wanted to do the catalogue. I had ideas about the catalogue.
One of them was to get Ralph Barton, an artist who had
become very famous in the New Yorker, to do a cover for the
catalogue which would have little pictures of all our authors--
caricatures. Barton agreed to do the catalogue for me. I
neglected, however, to ask him what he was going to charge us
and I got a bill for $300 from him. Oh, God, did I get bawled
out by Horace--rightly. $300 for a catalogue cover! But it
was by Barton!
Horace was the kind of man who would get some young
girl to sit on his lap while we were having one of our cocktail
parties. He'd be sitting with his hand over her shoulder,
with his hand inside her dress, on her breast, and with his
other hand he'd be calling his wife and saying, “How are the
children?" This was Liveright showing off.
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