My Maiden Effort; Being The Personal Confessions Of Well-known American Authors As To Their Literary Beginnings by Gelett BurgessMy Maiden Effort; Being The Personal Confessions Of Well-known American Authors As To Their Literary Beginnings by Gelett Burgess

My Maiden Effort; Being The Personal Confessions Of Well-known American Authors As To Their…

byGelett Burgess

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1921 Excerpt: ... played on his stage. He was my first hero. If it had not been for Daniel Frohman, there would never have been in literature a Laura Jean Libbey. JOSEPH C. LINCOLN My first attempt at persuading an editor to exchange his magazine's money for something of my creation was a success. I meant it to be. I went gunning for that editor, one barrel loaded with a poem, the other with an illustration. As I fired both at the same time he came down without a flutter. Prior to this assault-with-intent-to-sell I had, of course, encouraged the family by various outbreaks of genius--or of geniuses, for I seem to have had all kinds. As a boy I owned and operated a miniature theatre, for which I wrote all the plays and painted all the scenery. Once I wrote, produced and performed a comic opera, not only writing the dialogue and lyrics, painting the scenery and stealing the music, but singing all the parts myself. The effect was all that I had hoped. My aunt thought I ought to go into literature, my cousins thought I ought to go into art, and my uncle, who was fond of music, thought I ought to go into solitary confinement. But this juvenile stuff was mere frivol compared to the real thing. My first serious attempt at literary safe-cracking came to me as an inspiration. I was a bookkeeper at the time, a fact regretted by both my employers and myself. As I sat at my desk before my ledger, thinking--not ledgerizing for the moment, or even the forenoon, but thinking--as I sat there, a young woman bicycled by the office window. She was dressed in "bloomer" costume and everyone stared at her as a dashing, daring person. Now, confound you, you know how long ago it was! On my desk, partially covering the ledger page, was a copy of Puck. In that copy was a joke about a henpecked husban...
Title:My Maiden Effort; Being The Personal Confessions Of Well-known American Authors As To Their…Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217514758

ISBN - 13:9780217514750

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