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Well, he liked my feeble jokes. You remember that with
love. He liked a pun, too. Later on when I started doing
columns, whenever I included some puns, Sherwood would call up
and groan, “Bennett, this time you've gone too far.” Then I
knew I was in.
Did any of these people refer others to you? When you
were at Liveright, were there any occasions--?
Well, I began meeting them, and Liveright began taking
me with him to parties. And Tommy Smith took me down to
Greenwich Village, and I met some of the riff raff he circulated
with. Later on Noel Coward wrote a play about Tommy Smith and
Liveright called “The Scoundrel,” which was the story of
Liveright and Tom Smith and these days when we were all young!
We've never discussed Albert Boni at all.
Boni was gone by the time I got there. They had started
the firm and they had started the Modern Library. But shortly
before I came there, they had a great argument. And this was
Liveright: they tossed a coin for who would buy out the other
one. They settled what the price was going to be, and they
tossed a coin to see who paid who this rather small price.
Liveright won the business and Boni went down and started his
own firm with his brother, Charles Boni.
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