The Reluctant Sister
The publication of The Reluctant Sister marks an unusual and highly gratifying triumph for the publishers. The eminent scholar and author of many erudite tomes known only to specialists in his own field, Professor Isaac Cox has long been a close personal friend of ours-but has openly never quite considered us as players in his intellectual league. For months-in fact, for years-we have attempted to persuade him to write for us, but of course we could not presume too far on the grounds of deep camaraderie and mutual respect alone. Professor Cox was more than ready to concede that we knew the commercial book publishing field better than he did but he was not willing to admit that there was any significant degree of overlap in the audiences to which we were addressing ourselves. It was only recently that Professor Cox came to us voluntarily, admitted that he had been wrong about the scope of our ambitions, and actually asked to be permitted to write a novel himself. We hope and believe our pleasure is not that felt over a mere petty victory; we sincerely think that it is a tremendously important victory for all concerned when a man of the stature of Professor Cox realizes how important a medium the so-called popular novel can be.
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