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That was at a time when it was quite needful that American authors should be business-like, since American publishers sometimes were not. The very man to whom this letter was addressed became bankrupt six months later; half the edition of ‘Hyperion’ (1200 copies) was seized by creditors and was locked up, so that the book was out of the market for four months. ‘No matter,’ the young author writes in his diary, ‘I had the glorious satisfaction of writing it.’ Meanwhile the ‘Knickerbocker’ had not paid its contributors for three years, and the success
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