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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
Would you still attend the daily parties at Boni and
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.”
Did people send you unsolicited manuscripts?
You didn't get into that at all?
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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