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Text for Page 181 [05-31-1857]

They affect but a limited faith in the fact that
the success of a book-like that of a man � is generally
according to its merits, believing much that book-sel-
lers, times, and seasons, influence sales to a dispro-
portionately important extent.       Walking so closely
by ledger and day-book they are impolitically ignorant
of the temperament and feelings of men whom it
behoves them to understand, and accustomed to
monstrously over estimate their own position.   I do
not, for a moment, want to drop into the miserable
cant about ogre-publishers and victim authors; but
I really think these men might find it to their ad-
vantage to engage a person of tact and intuition just
to receive and deal with people.         They have no
true knowledge of they wares they deal in, and some-
times vent amusing Sir Oracleisms. (I heard one
give an opinion that �twas a much easier thing to
write a book of the present day � say �Pendennis� or
the the �Newcomes� � than a mediaval Walter-
scottish romance!)      Yet �tis good training to
go through, this.      One learns a great deal by his
first book.          I have got to regard it very coolly,
not �tis done � as a sort of investment, put aside
somewhere, which may turn up to my advantage, some-
day.          I have derived some self confidence by the fact
of its completion.                          The Picayune is not yet
sold.       Mrs Levison advertised it, at first without
mentioning it by name, subsequently with.    Bellew               
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