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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?
No. Could I ask you a few questions about Elliot Paul?
Yes, you can.
Were you able to get Elliot Paul as a result of Liveright's
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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