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What was the fight about? Do you know?
God knows--some idiotic thing. Boni's uncle was in the
publishing business then, too. His name was Thomas Seltzer.
Would you say there was any influence of Boni on the business?
Yes. It was Boni's idea to start the Modern Library.
Now, this was, to me, the backbone of Liveright. It was fine
to have Eugene O'Neill and Gertrude Atherton and Hendrik Van Loon
and Sam Adams. But the solid thing was the Modern Library. I
had used Modern Library books at college; so suddenly to be
connected with the firm that was publishing the Modern Library
was very breathtaking.
How did Boni get this idea?
It was modeled on Everyman's Library in London. But
Everyman's was very English, and they had no American authors
at all. Boni's idea was to start a series here with all the
classics but mixing them up with young American authors and
books that were famous here in America.
Would you say that he was more down-to-earth than Liveright?
He was a dreamer, too. They had a little book store
down in Greenwich Village, the Boni Bookshop. Liveright was much
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