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So then you returned to New York:
Yes, and soon we had the Modern Library really rolling.
We had back our entire investment in about two and a half years.
I still remained Liveright's very good friend because,
as I say, I was sort of his Boswell--I followed him around.
He was so funny, and he knew so many wonderful people. Between
Beatrice Kaufman taking me up to the Swope house and Horace
Liveright introducing me to his Greenwich Village characters
and the literary and theatrical people, I began meeting the
celebrities of the day. I'd always had those stars in my
eyes, and I was having a wonderful time.
One funny thing happened just after I left. I told you
about meeting Theodore Dreiser the first day I entered
Did you have further contact with him? Would you like to
elaborate on that?
Well, Dreiser was one of the most churlish, disagreeable
men I ever met in my life, always thinking that everybody was
trying to cheat him. He would come in about every three months
to check the books to see that his royalty statements were
not crooked. We rapidly discovered he didn't know what he
was doing. He would make a great pretense of checking, you
see, but he was just trying to scare us into being honest.
He'd make little marks against all the items he'd examined
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