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wanted to learn the publishing business. Donald was only
But he did join after you had left.
Yes, this was after I had left. They also hired a young
fellow named Emanuel Siwek, who today is the president of
Grossett and Dunlap. And when I was there, Ted Weekes was
there with me. He became editor of the Atlantic Monthly--a
very famous man in the book business. He was selling books
for Liveright. There were people there destined to be importan
in the publishing business--Dick Simon, Beatrice Kaufman...
It's amazing to think that he'd attracted all these people.
Would you describe Horace Liveright as sort of an idea man”
I would say he could have been a Mississippi River boat.
gambler with a long silk hat on. He would have been the
perfect Mississippi River boat gambler. As I told you, he
fancied himself as John Barrymore, and he did look like John
Barrymore. He would ask the girls, “Do I remind you of anybody?”
and if they said John Barrymore, he would be particularly
pleased. He was a kind of matinee idol in his way,
very handsome; smoked a cigarette with a long holder. There
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