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on selling Modern Library for us. Horace allowed this because Horace still loved me and I loved Horace. He was always keeping an eye on us. I resented his last-minute hold-up but he needed money so badly then--he was pushed to the wall. What the hell? He got $15,000 more, and it was a steal anyway at that price.

Q:

Would you still attend the daily parties at Boni and Liveright?

Cerf:

Yes, that, and by this time I was reasonably friendly with Miss Miriam Hopkins, and she'd come to the parties, too. She was a great addition. She was very pretty, a little Southern girl and had made a hit in a show called “Excess Baggage.” And then she got into a movie out on Long Island with Chevalier and Claudette Colbert called “The Smiling Lieutenant.”

Q:

Did people send you unsolicited manuscripts?

Cerf:

No.

Q:

You didn't get into that at all?

Cerf:

No, we were just publishing the Modern Library. This meant that by noon we had counted our orders. That was during the backgammon craze, and we used to have great games in the afternoon or play golf or go off to ball games, which I always loved to do. It was a joy ride.





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