Letter 071, pg. 2

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myself, those things always sound so awful.

I am enclosing a separate letter about the first serial rights clause which you wanted—so that you can have it for your strictly legal file.

With my best regards,

Sincerely,

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Among Ogden’s comments on We the Living: “In ‘Second-Hand Lives’ you have hit on something more fundamental—more universal—than in We the Living . . . .  Andrei [Taganov] was no Roark. We could sympathize with his ideal, perhaps, but not his ideas . . . . If it were a manuscript coming to my desk by an unknown author, I would say, ‘Here’s a gal who is going places, let’s take a chance on her.’ With the new manuscript you know my feeling: ‘Here’s a gal who has arrived, we can’t afford to miss her.’”