Leon Uris: Life of a Best Seller

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NOTES

PROLOGUE

1. For the remark on Exodus outselling Gone with the Wind, see Otto Preminger, CBC radio interview, 24 February 1961, reprinted in Gerald Pratley, The Cinema of Otto Preminger (New York: Barnes, 1971), 133; the 2,500-a-day figure occurred in February 1959 (Publishers Weekly, 9 March 1959). Exodus reached the top spot on the New York Times best-seller list on 17 May 1959, eight months after its debut.

2. Sales figures for QB VII come from the president of Doubleday, John T. Sargent, in a letter dated 15 March 1971 to Herb Schlosberg, Uris’s business manager (copy in the Library of Congress). In April 1974, just before QB VII was to be shown as a televised miniseries, Bantam Books reprinted a further 300,000 paperback copies (John Bear, The #1 New York Times Best Seller [Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 1992], 113, 137).

3. Quoted in Thomas A. Larkin, “A Talk with Uris,” Scáthán, July 1995. This is a Celtic literary and news magazine.

4. Leon Uris to William Uris, 10 July 1957, box 137, folder 8, Leon Uris Archive, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin (hereafter cited as Uris Archive).

5. Leon Uris to William Uris, 17 July 1957, box 137, folder 8, Uris Archive.

6. Ibid.

7. William S. Burroughs, “Screenwriting and the Potentials of Cinema,” in Writing in a Film Age: Essays by Contemporary Novelists, ed. Keith Cohen, 77 (Niwot: Univ. Press of Colorado, 1991).

8. Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, act 1, scene 3, line 107. Uris opposed the view of Abram Leon Sachar, the author of The Jew in the Contemporary World: Sufferance Is the Badge (New York: Knopf, 1939), who wrote: “It is stupid to call upon Jews to show their indomitable fortitude by defiance in lands where all groups have been beaten and cowed into submission” (573). Tragically, given the events that were soon to unfold, he added: “He [the Jew] can bear his fate … very much Better when he knows that he is an

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations viii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Prologue - [American Marine, Jewish Writer] 1
  • 1 - [the Truth Will Rise] 10
  • 2 - Eagle, Globe, and Anchor 29
  • 3 - Battle Cry at Larkspur 52
  • 4 - Hollywood 72
  • 5 - Exodus, or [the Book] 93
  • 6 - History and Resistance 123
  • 7 - Love and Litigation 169
  • 8 - [Short Titles, Long Books, Big Sales] 193
  • 9 - Ireland 209
  • 10 - Return 233
  • 11 - Russian Renewal 255
  • 12 - Redemption, or America Redux 280
  • Epilogue 303
  • Notes 305
  • Index 343
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