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thing that was so badly written that I couldn't endure it.
Well, that had been the first. But I had written
others. The other books I've written had all been technical--technical
businesses about fires in mercantile estaolishments and other
experimental things--they were more monographs than they
I said to Mr. Bye, “No, I don't want to do it.” I didn't
want to do it, I didn't believe in writing books
about ones friends. I hated biography, and this wouldn't
be biography, and I wasn't willing to work hand at it--“Oh,
no, I wouldn't.”
“Well, you think about it. You think about it.”
“Well,” I said, “I can't afford to, in the first place.
I can't afford to take the time.”
“If you'll agree to do it, I can get you a publisher
and he'll make you an advance so that you can afford to do it.
I know that.” I didn't know about this business of advances.
“You can afford to do it.”
“Well, I can't do it,” I remember saying over and over
I the meantime, I had made an agreement sometime in
June to write a series of articles for the labor Press--what's
it called?--for two years. It was distributed
through the labor Press of the country. It wasn't distributed
by the Anti-Discrimination Committee of Brith, but
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