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I Saw Paris, which came out after the outbreak of World War Two, of course. It was a very sad, nostalgic book. It gave Rodgera and Hammerstein the name for one of their loveliest, most poignant songs, “The Last Time I Saw Paris.”

Well, Elliot was wonderful for parties because he played the piano. He played boogie woogie. He also was a superb cook. He could make Spanish dishes, having lived in the island of Majorca himself. I had him at the house for a party one night, at which he insisted on having a piano brought into the house and we had it hoisted up the outside. It couldn't be gotten in through the door. The trouble I went through to please Elliot Paul! But it was worth it because it was a hilarious party. He put on a white hat of a chef, and he served a Spanish melange which was really great.

About this time came the Helen Thompson episode. I don't think I've told you about Helen Thompson, have I?

Q:

No. Could I ask you a few questions about Elliot Paul?

Cerf:

Yes, you can.

Q:

Were you able to get Elliot Paul as a result of Liveright's dissolving or...?

Cerf:

Yes. He came to me. Liveright was already out of existence. He hadn't written anything. He had been away in Majorca for awhile. When he came back, I was the only publisher





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