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UNION SQUARE—Albert Halper—Viking ($2.50).

Author Halper is not impatient. Neither, it appears, are his publishers. Four years ago he sent The Viking Press a novel. The editors ''read it with interest," turned it down. Year later his literary agent brought them a second novel. The editors argued over it, disagreed, finally decided to pay Halper for an option on another book. The third book was also turned down. By this time Author Halper was washing dishes for a living. Nothing daunted, the Viking editors advanced him more money, asked him to try again....

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