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Blood Will Tell

“Now there’s a real dud”

I was reading the memoir of a guy who started out as a very junior editor at Doubleday yeas ago. “There were several after hours meetings that neophytes like me were expected to attend the learn the ins and outs of publishing. At one of these conclaves, the director of advertising, an exalted VIP, went down a list of Doubleday books that were to be published. He grandly cited which were going to be the next bestsellers. ‘You’ve given us the best,” someone said, ‘so what’s the worst?’ The director of said, ‘There’s this diary of a young girl. Now there’s a real dud.’”

The author? Anne Frank.

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