Posted by Helen on March 18, 1998 at 10:02:09:
In response to Did he even read the letter?, written by Clare on March 18, 1998 at 00:00:30
] Who the heck was this incredibly thick publisher? One wonders if he even read it. And I can't help but wonder that if it were published and a success, how many more books might Jane have written? How much more comfortable would her life had been?
Wasn't it John Murray? I know one of her novels was sent to him by her father - big mistake: they probably thought, 'ah, yes, Murray, he publishes Byron' but by the time they were writing to him, he had changed direction and wasn't interested in novels. So it wasn't a comment on her work at all, though I would imagine they all took it as such - just a policy decision...
Of course, now I'm going to find that I've got the wrong incident entirely! Please correct me gently if I'm in error... ;-)
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