American Publishers and English Authors (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from American Publishers and English Authors Foa more than eighty years a disgraceful blot has rested upon our national escutcheon. Small in the beginning it has grown year by year, until it hasattained a gigantic size, blackened the fair name of our country, and made the United States of America a by-word among the nations of the earth. What is this blot, and who have placed it upon our escutcheon This blot is the stealing of English books by Ameri can publishers. It was this practice which made possible Sydney Smith's sneering inquiry sixty years since Who reads an American} book i It isthis practice which makes our country, though politically free and commercially great, the intellectual vassal of Great Britain. The truth must and shall be told - if the world has been taught to be lieve that there is no such thing as an American literature, it is due to the selfish greed of those American publishers who steal foreign, instead of buying American, books. The man who breaks into your house til; night and steals the watch from under your pillow, does so at the risk of his life; it requires some pluck, but the publisher who steals the works of foreign authors is a coward and a sneak. Whatsoever is mean, whatsoever is unjust; whatsoever is dishonest is embraced in the name of literary pirate. He my rear a business palace of brick and iron he may load his private residence with works of art; he may be a millionaire and entertain distinguished strangers, but he is still infamous in the estimation of all honorable men. He not only violates the graves of the dead, but he robe and defrauds the living, and takes the bread out of the mouths of the widow and the orphan. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- Paperback | 28 pages
- 152 x 229 x 2mm | 50g
- 12 May 2018
- Forgotten Books
- 3 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white