Previous | Next
48495051525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100101102103104105106107 of 1029
down there and have breakfast or a soda and what-not. It would
be a late breakfast. Everybody came trailing in whenever they
felt like it. Louis Kronenberger arrived very late one day
and was having breakfast about half past ten when Liveright
walked in. Kronenberger said, “Here's where I catch it.”
Liveright saw him and came walking over to the counter where
Louis sat. Liveright pulled out his watch, shook his head and
said, “Ten-thirty. Isn't this a hell of a time for me to be
getting into the office?" Liveright was apologizing to
Kronenberger for being so late! This was typical of Horace.
Another night I went to a show called “The Racket.” The
reason I remember it is that Claudette Colbert was in it. I
took my girl to show her the Liveright office after the show.
It was a good place to take a girl and do a little necking, too,
you know. We walked into Horace's private office, and there
he was with a girl on the couch absolutely caught in the act.
Of course I pulled my girl out of there. We were deeply embarrassed.
I said, “Well, that's the end of me. I'll be fired
The next day, sure enough, Horace sent for me. I came
down waiting to get the bad news. Horace closed the door and
said, “What must you think of me, Bennett? I know you're a
very moral young man.” Then he explained, “This girl is a very
promising young writer, and the only way I felt I could really
get her was to have a little affair with her.” I assured him
I understood fully. And he said, “I'm ashamed of myself.”
That was Horace Liveright.
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help