MADISON COOPER, to me, was the great enigma. I wanted to meet him because I wanted to learn why any writer should produce a novel of 840,000 words. Even a novel about Texas. Houghton Mifflin had published "Sironia, Texas" in two handsome volumes, 1,731 pages, thin paper, and was offering it to the public at a price equivalent to the cost of two seats down front at a Broadway play.
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