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newspaper circles and also had written for Liveright. Among
his other successes under the name Samuel Hopkinson Adams, he
had also written a book called Flaming Youth, under the pseudonym
of Warner Fabian. It was the first novel about giddy
flappers and it made a sensation.
And everyone wanted to know who had written it.
Yes, and I told a girl it was Rudyard Kipling.
Well, now, this gave us a start in real trade publishing.
Can I ask one question? It was sort of unusual (from my
naive point of view) for a publisher to go after a playwright
and a poet, because usually these didn't sell. Now, I can
understand your interest in the theater. This has come out
all the way through. But the poetry. This is something new.
Jeffers was rapidly at that time winning acclaim that
in America is accorded to only two or three so-called popular
poets in a decade. They're the fashion--like Frost and Edwin
Arlington Robinson and Millay and in later years Auden and
Dylan Thomas. There are always a few poets that people think
it's smart to have around, and Robinson Jeffers had become a
topic of conversation because of his passionate poetry, which
at that time was considered pretty far out.
Were you able to make some money off him?
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