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Do you remember how many books a year Boni and Liveright
Oh, I would say, leaving out the Modern Library, probably
about 60. It was quite a big firm.
Do you remember whether Horace Liveright was ever interested
in getting foreign authors at all?
Not particularly. He was a dedicated Broadway character.
He met people who were the equivalent of the swingers today.
Would you compare any publihser today to him?
I don't think Liveright could last six months in the
publishing world of today. He ran a one-man show. Nobody
took care to keep the business growing and to seek solid things
that meant future growth. Everything was for the moment. Witness
the fact that I was able to get the Modern Library from
him--that was the backbone of his business! It didn't interest
him. Flaming Youth was his kind of baby--a book about the
flapper age. It was the biggest of the flapper age books until
Scott Fitzgerald came along. As I told you, Warner Fabian was
a pseudonym for Samuel Hopkins Adams, a very dignified, wonderful
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