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gallivanting about with Sylvia. Random House came in a very bad
second that year, and poor Donald had to take care of the
Before I met Sylvia, we had decided to back Story Magazine,
with Whit Burnett and Martha Foley. They had founded
Story Magazine in Europe. With Harry Scherman of the Book of
the Month Club, we put up the money to bring them and Story
to America. But they never got very far with it here. They
did discover William Saroyan. One day Whit Burnett, who
talked everybody to death, barged into my office and said there
was a girl outside he thought I'd like to meet--one of his new
authors. I said I was so busy I couldn't see anyone. And he
said, “All right, but she's Ambassador Dodd's daughter.” That
was different! Ambassador Dodd was our ambassador to Germany.
I enthused, “Oh, why didn't you say so? By all means, bring
This was how Martha Dodd made her entrance to the Random
House scene. She caused plenty of trouble to both Donald and
me before we were finished with Martha Dodd.
Did she work for Random House?
Oh, no. She was out to become a famous author.
And then did you publish her?
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