Letter 071, pg. 2



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,



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.’”