all this naturally did not trouble him, particularly as it never reached him. In the same way the authors who have come here to lecture have inevitably gauged each place by their own audiences; as Matthew Arnold
thought that Worcester, Massachusetts
, must be a small and trivial town because he had but few to hear him, and was left at a hotel, but regarded Haverhill
as a great and promising city, because he was entertained at a private house and had a good audience.
The tradewind of prestige and influence still blows from Europe
hither; the American
author does not expect money from England
, for instance, but values its praise or blame; while the Englishman is glad of the money, but cares little for the criticism, since he rarely sees it.
What is hard for authors, foreign or native, to understand is that fame is apt to be most transitory where it is readiest, and that they should make hay while the sun shines.
A year ago the bookseller's monthly returns, as seen in The Bookman
and elsewhere, gave the leadership in the sales of every American city to English or Scotch books; now one sees the recent American tales by Hopkinson Smith
or Mrs. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
, for example, leading in every town.