Rough sailing for Mister Roberts

When Thomas Heggen’s Mister Roberts appeared, the publisher arranged for him to make some public appearances to advertise the book. His first speaking engagement was at a luncheon in a New York hotel. Throughout the meal he sat among the ladies at the head table, paralyzed with apprehension and unable to swallow a thing. Called upon to speak, he stood up and, overcome with nerves, failed to utter a single word. A neighbor, seeing his agony, tried to get him started by saying kindly, “Perhaps you can tell us how you wrote your book.” Heggen gulped and the words suddenly came: “Well, shit, it was just that I was on this boat …”

Published in: on December 25, 2009 at 2:46 PM  Leave a Comment  

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