William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... College, and have received from him a very kind note. In a letter to him accompanying the volume, I made you responsible for my sending it, fqr I never in my life sent a copy of my poems to anybody with the design to get a good word from them or to invite their notice of my writings in print.' Of the financial returns of his other poetical works we have no precise information, but it is quite safe to say that he realized many times as much from his Homer as from all the other verses he ever wrote. We have ample confirmation of this conclusion in two letters written, one in the earlier stage of his career, and the other near to its close. Writing to Dana in April, 1832, and shortly after the publication of the volume of poems which Irving introduced to the British public, he said: --"You ask about the sale of the book. Mr. Bliss tells me it is very good for poetry. I printed a thousand copies, and more than half are disposed of. As to the price, it may be rather high at $1.25, but I found that, with what I should give away and what the booksellers would take, little would be left for me if a rather high price was not put upon it. And so I told the publisher to fix it at a dollar and a quarter. If the whole impression sells it will bring me $300, perhaps a little more. I hope you do not think that too much. I have sent the volume out to England, and Washington Irving has had the kindness to undertake to introduce it to the English public.... As for the lucre of the thing on either side of the water, an experience of twenty-five years--for it is so long since I became an author--has convinced me that poetry is an unprofitable trade, and I am very glad that I have something more certain to depend upon for a living." Later on in his...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547160
  • 9781236547163