The Godfather Papers and Other Confessions

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First edition (publ. Putnam)

The Godfather Papers and Other Confessions is a 1972 collective autobiography written by Mario Puzo, on his journey through writing The Godfather.

"I was forty-five years old and tired of being an artist. Besides, I owed $20,000 to relatives, finance companies, banks and assorted bookmakers and shylocks. It was really time to grow up and sell out as Lenny Bruce once advised. So I told my editors, OK, I'll write a book about the Mafia..."

It explains Puzo's reasoning for writing The Godfather:

"I have written three novels. The Godfather is not as good as the preceding two; I wrote it to make money..."