Whether this reasoning be correct or otherwise, the present author
felt, that, in confining himself to subjects purely Scottish, he was not only likely to weary out the indulgence of his readers, but also greatly to limit his own power of affording them pleasure.
WHEN the author
of these little tales commenced them, it was her intention to form a short series of such stories as, it was hoped, might not be entirely without moral advantage; but unforeseen circumstances have prevented their completion, and, unwilling to delay the publication any longer, she commits them to the world in their present unfinished state, without any flattering anticipations of their reception.
is very sensible that, had he confined himself to the latter, always the most effective, as it is the most valuable, mode of conveying knowledge of this nature, he would have made a far better book.
When we had done discussing the merits of the latest book, it was natural to wonder how many copies had been sold, what advance the author
had received, and how much he was likely to make out of it.
Once on a time I really imagined myself "an author
of fairy tales," but now I am merely an editor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I am requestsed to weave into the thread of my stories.
I hope that the list of available inexpensive editions of the chief authors
may suggest a practical method of providing the material, especially for colleges which can provide enough copies for class use.
ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
Besides, with that prevision given to an author
, I am strongly of opinion that something will happen before long.
of the diary and the diary itself are, of course, imaginary.
The interval, with the exception of the last few months, has been chiefly spent by the author
tossing about on the wide ocean.
Ide," and whoever wrote them was also the author
of the lines "To Isadore.
It was disposed of to a bookseller, it was even advertised, and why the business proceeded no farther, the author
has never been able to learn.