The Press: The Most Unlikely Thing

At Liberty magazine one morning last week, veteran Fiction Editor Elsie Christie dropped in to Editor John Danby's office to regale him with a rumor she had just heard: Liberty (circ. 1,096,987) was being sold to "one of those awful girlie books." Recalled Danby: "We both agreed that that was the most unlikely thing in the world." Two days later, Publisher Osborne Bond called in Editor Danby, Miss Christie and most of his 40 other staffers and fired them. Reason: Liberty was closing down. Liberty's name and good will had been sold to Lawrence...

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