Letter 075, pg. 3

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That is why I would be most grateful if you could help me find an intelligent “Tory” to back the book in this way. I saw Mr. Edmunds on the day after I spoke to you—he was about to leave for Washington, so I don’t know whether he has written to you about our conversation. He was very nice and he gave me two leads: one to reach the Du Ponts, the other to reach Senator Hawkes. I am following them up and will hope for the best. But I am particularly anxious to approach Henry Ford and Helen Frick, and I wonder whether it would be possible for you to help me with that. 

As to the commercial aspects of the book’s future right now, it looks very promising. We have had considerable reorders already and I’ve had a movie offer, which I am not in a hurry to accept. I want to see how things go and I haven’t even seen the out-of-town reviews as yet. But none of that is important at the moment—it’s the political side of it that I am anxious to push, and the publishers or booksellers can’t help me with that. They all have to be neutral and they’re all scared of controversy. It’s our side—if there is such a thing—that should help me now. 

Well, this long letter might make up, I hope, for all the letters I haven’t written in a year. Let me know what you think of my idea. And—when you’ve read it—let me know what you think of the book. This is not a hint to rush you—I know how long that book is. Incidentally, I never received the letter you sent me and I’m sorry to have missed it—the mails are awful right now—there’s a collectivist enterprise in action.

With my best regards,

Sincerely,


Ayn Rand