The Press: 1,000,000 Churchillian Words

The plumpest literary plum of World War II—the memoirs of Winston Churchill—fell this week to LIFE and the New York Times. It was prize fruit of massive size (projected as five volumes, 1,000,000 words), and many a newspaper, syndicate and magazine broker had hopefully shaken the tree. The price for the U.S. serial rights Churchill kept to himself, but gossips had been guessing for more than a year that his remembrances would sell for a record $1,000,000 or more.

The memoirs are still in the dictation stage: every day the memoirist rattles off Churchillian...

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