loss, during his lifetime, and eight others, with four biographies of him, since his death; that Willis
's writings came into instant acceptance, while Hawthorne
's, according to their early publisher, attracted ‘no attention whatever;’ that Willis
indeed boasted to Longfellow
of making ten thousand dollars a year by his pen, when Longfellow
wished that he could earn one-tenth of that amount,—we must certainly admit that the equation of fame may require many years for its solution.
says in his ‘Holy State’ that ‘learning hath gained most by those books on which the printers have lost;’ and if this is true of learning, it is far truer of that incalculable and often perplexing gift called genius.
write back from London
that they wish they had gone there in the palmy days of literary society—in the days when Dickens
were yet alive, and when Tennyson
were in their prime, instead of waiting until the present period, when Rider Haggard
and Oscar Wilde
are regarded, they say, as serious and important authors.
But just so men looked