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smiled that wonderful smile of his and said, “I think so
too, Miss Phyllis. Every time I read that book, I laugh and
That was the time too that he told me about Albert
Erskine, who became his editor after Saxe Commins died.
Erskine is John O'Hara's editor, and Jim Michener's editor,
too. Faulkner said, “You know, I think Albert Erskine is
the best book editor alive today.” I said, “Golly, Bill,
coming from William Faulkner that's quite an encomium. Have
you told Albert?" He paused for a minute and admitted, “No,
I haven't. Bennett, when I've got a horse that's running
good, I don't stop him to give him a piece of sugar.”
Very good. But you said that there was very little
editing done on Faulkner.
Yes, but he made little mistakes in...
Oh, spelling--we corrected that. There weren't so
many. But he did make mistakes in dates. He didn't always
remember when things happened.
The funniest thing was when we decided to do the
Snopes trilogy as a set. You know, The Hamlet, The Mansion,
and The Town--the three separate books all about the Snopes
family. When we started to put the three together, Albert
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