Publishing: Land of Opportunity

"I am not going to become a very rich woman," said Stalin's daughter Svetlana Allilueva Stalina, 42, when she arrived in the U.S. "It is absolutely impossible for me to become a rich person here." She planned to give away large sums, and had no idea how much money she would be making. But, as every immigrant knows, America is a land of opportunity. Since she arrived, bids to publish and serialize her 80,000-word memoir, Twenty Letters to a Friend, have poured in from much of the world. The Book-of-the-Month Club, for instance, last week paid $325,000 to distribute...

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