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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 110, December 21, 1852

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Identifier: DX01227251

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 110, December 21, 1852

Description: Describes stories told while having a drink with William North, Thomas Picton, and others.


told Putnam, fist in face that he [William North] would more readily send six publishers out o’ the world than damage the toes of one author. This set [Thomas] Picton talking. Stories of [Henry William] Herbert (Frank Forrester.) How he, in an interview with Putnam had produced a four inch bowie knife, gravely laying it on the table, at the commencement. How he had awfully alarmed [James] Stringer the publisher by chopping up a drawing on wood with said bowie-knife, (drawing having been condemned by the little publisher,) and then — demanding payment for the same. More stories of all sorts credible & incredible. North is a queer mortal. Clever, most decidedly, good natured, hath read & written to a wondrous amount and on every conceivable topic, tremendously egotistic and impulsive. He took the M S of a big book to the Harpers (they had published or rather plagiarised divers of his brain-boutlings from English copies.) Called again in a day or so. MS Book not read. “How’s this!” quoth he, “You’re not business men — don’t understand your business. If you did you’d have published it immediately!” They were perfectly aghast. The book would have taken a week or so to read!

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-12-21

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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