The malignancy of publishers, however, could not turn me back.
Alfred Tennyson when we passed him in Regent Street, calling at publishers' offices for cheque, when 'Will you take care of it, or shall I?' I asked gaily, and she would be certain to reply, 'I'm thinking we'd better take it to the bank and get the money,' for she always felt surer of money than of cheques; so to the bank we went ('Two tens, and the rest in gold'), and thence straightway (by cab) to the place where you buy sealskin coats for middling old ladies.
Owen had not much doubt that he would find a publisher
. He knew that he had written a great book--a book that would score a wonderful success--a book that would LIVE.
Having copied her novel for the fourth time, read it to all her confidential friends, and submitted it with fear and trembling to three publishers
, she at last disposed of it, on condition that she would cut it down one third, and omit all the parts which she particularly admired.
He promised to use his influence with publishers
. Cronshaw was in want of money.
Wishing, for example, to publish his correspondence, he not only falsified it, but to preserve an appearance of modesty engaged in a remarkably complicated series of intrigues by which he trapped a publisher into apparently stealing a part of it--and then loudly protested at the theft and the publication.
Sir Robert Walpole, ruling the country with unscrupulous absolutism, had now put an end to the employment of literary men in public life, and though Johnson's poem 'London,' a satire on the city written in imitation of the Roman poet Juvenal and published in 1738, attracted much attention, he could do no better for a time than to become one of that undistinguished herd of hand-to-mouth and nearly starving Grub Street writers whom Pope was so contemptuously abusing and who chiefly depended on the despotic patronage of magazine publishers. Living in a garret or even walking the streets at night for lack of a lodging, Johnson was sometimes unable to appear at a tavern because he had no respectable clothes.
"Well, your publisher
is very generous, my dear Aramis, that's all I can say."
Warn the publisher
that we can not have this sort of thing: put the editor in prison!"
Then Razumihin began to unfold his project, and he explained at length that almost all our publishers
and booksellers know nothing at all of what they are selling, and for that reason they are usually bad publishers
, and that any decent publications pay as a rule and give a profit, sometimes a considerable one.
The result is very satisfactory to the publishers
, to me, and (I am quite sure) to the children.
I have had some opportunities of studying the conditions under which Nietzsche is read in Germany, France, and England, and I have found that, in each of these countries, students of his philosophy, as if actuated by precisely similar motives and desires, and misled by the same mistaken tactics on the part of most publishers
, all proceed in the same happy-go- lucky style when "taking him up." They have had it said to them that he wrote without any system, and they very naturally conclude that it does not matter in the least whether they begin with his first, third, or last book, provided they can obtain a few vague ideas as to what his leading and most sensational principles were.