From a June 17, 1948 letter to Bennett Cerf while writing A Rage to Live:

   I have received a note from Littauer of Collier's, asking to have a look at my novel. This, tentatively, is what I am going to say to him: Collier's can look at my novel for $15,000, half payable now and half on completion, when they get first look. If they want to buy it they can pay me $100,000, to which $15,000 does not apply, and the purchase to be subject to our agreeing on cuts. If we can't agree on the cuts, the deal is off and no part of the look-at money is returnable by me.

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