The test of the dime novel
no work of fiction ever published in London
, the newspapers say, received so many advance orders as greeted a late story by Mr. Haggard
It is a curious illustration of the difference between the current literary tendencies of England
, that in the mother-country alone are authors of this type taken seriously.
The sale of their works is often larger here than in England
, for the same reason which makes the combined circulation of daily newspapers so much larger; but they are no more considered as forming a part of literature than one would include in a ‘History of the Drama’ some sworn statement as to the number of tickets sold for a Christmas pantomime.
When a certain Mr. Mansfield Tracy Walworth
was murdered near New York, a few years ago, it came out incidentally that he had written a novel called ‘Warwick
,’ of which seventy-five thousand copies had been