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on the cove: “...there was a book in my experience here, a twentieth century Walden...” Terrill replied that he was “... enthused [and] I think it exactly the type of thing that Little-Brown would like as a follow-up to The Lord’s Oysters. There is, it seems to me, even the chance that such a book, which would certainly have no slightest taint of fiction, might well prove the winner of next year’s Atlantic Monthly ~ Little, Brown non-fiction award...” A lmost exactly one year later, however, after considerable effort and correspondence among author, agent and publisher, the project was halted; both publisher and agent had done all they could to convince

believe in [his writing skills?]... No one will ever know whether or not ~ would the nag have won ... had Edna dared to go with me. Two people can travel much f urther than one, though it takes longer to prepare for the journey. September 3, 1950 Letter to Frankie Lane The t r ue rea sons for By ron’s coming to and remaining half a lifetime on his cove will likely never be known for certain. In August 1956, while The Lord’s Oysters was in production, Byron himself proposed to his agent, Rogers Terrill, that he tell the story of his life

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