Some Literary Recollections by James Payn

Some Literary Recollections

byJames Payn

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. PUBLISHERS AND AUTHORS--ANONYMOUS PUBLICATIONS--LITERARY GAINS--TWO IMPOSTORS--WHIST--FAME. I WAS thirty-two years of age, and had written many books and a very large number of miscellaneous articles, before I made my first success in literature. I had advanced, I think, as regards the art of story-telling, and certainly in public favour, but only in a moderate way. There had been no 'leaps and bounds' in my progress; but the appearance of' Lost Sir Massingberd ' was an epoch in my literary life. The idea (as I have mentioned elsewhere) occurred to me on the top of a coach; and it was the best day's journey I ever took. The story appeared, of course, in the 'Journal,' and very largely increased its circulation. Its proprietors--for in such a case it would be ungenerous to dissociate them--behaved with great liberality towards me. I mention the matter (though some may consider it a private one) not only because it reflects credit on the firm in question, but because it casts some light on the relation between publishers and authors generally. There is a notion abroad that the latter are almost invariably the victims of the former, and that, while Justice has but a legal foothold in Paternoster Row, Generosity has none at all. My experience, which on such matters is probably as large as that of any man alive, is to the contrary of all this. There are bad publishers of course, skinflints ('scaly varmints,' as a cabdriver once called a friend of mine, who was so delighted with the term that he at once gave him half-a-sovereign), but in what other profession are such characters unknown? I have met with some sharp practice with publishers myself, and have never hesitated to say so, or to give piquancy to the narrative by the...

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Title:Some Literary RecollectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217794645

ISBN - 13:9780217794640

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