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[on publisher, Samuel S. Vaughan] He was like one of those gentleman professors. If it hadn't been for Sam, I don't think I would have a career. Nobody wanted to publish 'Fried Green Tomatoes,' and a lot of people turned it down. They didn't think a book about an old lady in a nursing home would be of interest to anyone, but obviously Sam did. I sent him a little bit and when he called, he said '...
Holds an honorary doctorate from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire, where her book "Fried Green Tomatoes" is part of the freshman curriculum.