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Friday, July 27, 2007

The more things change...

...the more they stay the same.

She had immersed herself in ground-plans, guide-books, architectural treatises, diaries and travellers' accounts, from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, in four languages, and she was bitterly disappointed that the publishers would not let her use as illustrations the historical garden-plans she had laboured to track down (rightly so, as reviewers complained of their absence). And she wanted more money ($2,000 for six articles instead of $1,500), since she was writing "with some sort of system & comprehensiveness on a subject which, hitherto, has been treated in English only in the most amateurish fashion" and "it is sure to have a popular success." ("I receive $500 for a short story, which is much less hard work.")

Hermione Lee writing about Edith Wharton and her experience in publishing Italian Villas and Their Gardens in the giant biography, Edith Wharton.


Jill said...

Where did you find that!!?

Wendy Hoke said...

Page 112 of the biography Edith Wharton, which details her negotiations with The Century Magazine in 1903 for serialization of a the book.

Scary, huh?

Michelle O'Neil said...

Funny, you know how "easy" those little short stories are to write.

If you're Edith Wharton.