Random Recollections of an Old Publisher, Volume 1

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Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company, 1900 - Booksellers and bookselling
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Page 7 - Yet he was kind, or, if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was in fault ; The village all declared how much he knew ; 'Twas certain he could write and cypher too ; Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage, And even the story ran — that he could gauge...
Page 127 - I mean as regards the length of the book, in which there is not more than about four or five hours' reading; but to my mind it is excellent reading indeed. I almost raved about the book; and I gave it away wholesale to pressmen and anyone I knew interested in good fiction. But, strange to say, it would not sell. Finding it hung on hand in the original twovolume form, I printed it in a very pretty illustrated one-volume form. That edition was a failure. Then I published it in a...
Page 317 - I gave Mr. JefFeries as much encouragement in his literary career as any other publisher. "Mr. Jefferies was an author who disappointed me very much indeed by not making almost a great name as a novelist.
Page 112 - Long shall we seek his likeness, — long in vain, And turn to all of him which may remain, Sighing that Nature formed but one such man. And broke the die — in moulding Sheridan ' Monody on the Death of Sheridan.
Page 303 - To the West, to the West, to the land of the free, Where the mighty Missouri rolls down to the sea; Where a man is a man if he's willing to toil, And the humblest may gather the fruits of the soil...
Page 183 - ... shall walk, Shall ride, shall sleep, shall talk. In the air men shall...
Page 81 - Here men are fighting — not to gain a foot of ground, but simply to hold their own, with the liberty which they believe to be their birthright. It may well be that darker days are in store for the South than she has ever yet known ; it may be that she will only attain her object at the cost of utter commercial ruin ; it may be that the charity of the European Powers is exhausted on Poland, and that neither pity nor shame will induce them to break a thankless neutrality, here; but, in the face of...
Page 115 - The Moonstone " as a serial there were scenes in Wellington Street that doubtless did the author's and publisher's hearts good. And especially when the serial was nearing its ending, on publishing days there would be quite a crowd of anxious readers waiting for the new number, and I know of several bets that were made as to where the moonstone would be found at last. Even the porters and boys were interested in the story, and read the new number in sly corners, and often with their packs on their...
Page 128 - Eyes," as a serial in my magazine, and in book form, but it was by far the weakest of the three books I published of his.
Page 127 - I quite thought that there was enough of the bright side of human nature in it to sell at least one fair edition. However, there was not, but for a first venture...

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