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Hanson book shop up in Northampton, Massachusetts. This was
the best college book store in the United States.
It still is a fairly good one.
A beautiful one! The lady who ran it then was named
Marion Dodd. She was quite a woman, very domineering, tough,
but really a marshmallow underneath--like so many people who
are tough on the surface and lovely underneath. She dressed in
a very mannish way with white shirtwaists and little ties. I
walked with my bag into the Hampshire bookshop, and this
formidable creature met me and said, “What do you want, young
man?" I answered, “I represent Boni and Liveright. I've come
to show you our Fall books.”
She looked at me for a minute and she said, “Come back
with me,” and she marched me back to her office, where she
announced, “You look like a very decent, respectable young man.
What are you doing selling those filthy books of Boni and
Well, I began defending these books--they weren't filthy
at all. And this was the beginning of one of the real friendships
in my whole publishing life. Marion Dodd and I to the
day of her death were close friends. Later on I used to go
up and lecture to Smith students under her auspices.
Why don't you think other publishers at this time were
willing to gamble the way Liveright was?
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