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August 19, 2005


A. G.

(Robert)Payne was a voracious reader and book collector. His apartment on Central Park West, New York City, contained more than 8,000 volumes, in spite of regularly donating to libraries books that had served him in completed writing projects. The apartment was stacked floor to ceiling with books. Books sat in untidy piles on sofas, chairs, tables, and under his bed.

An article in Newsweek explained his extraordinary productivity: "He's mildly surprised that anyone still asks. Simple arithmetic: 'If you do three or four pages a day, in a month you have 100 pages.'"(1)

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