By Joseph McAleer

Joseph McAleer makes use of clean archival fabric to discover Jack London's publishing occupation outdoor of North the United States. He illuminates the relationships with publishers and brokers, mostly in Britain, as a key to knowing the nature, force, and foreign good fortune of this renowned determine of twentieth century American letters.

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They were delighted to see him, and asked when he arrived in England. 48 While he was in town, and not undercover in the East End, London made the rounds. P. Watt and Macmillan. “There is nothing that I should have liked so much as to have been with you in your East Side London experiences,” Brett wrote. “I trust you will have found Mr. Macmillan and Mr. ”49 Robinson also wrote, expressing gratitude for his visit. “Do not hesitate to call on me for any services that I can render you over here,” he said.

Isbister & Company of London, and in the event of the Messrs. 51 Herein lay the eventual out for Brett and Macmillan, who were hardly enthusiastic about the terms. The clause added that Macmillan was to furnish the English publisher with proof sheets of its editions and blocks of illustrations (at half cost), but Macmillan would have no role in the English publication nor in royalty payments to London. London proceeded to outline his game plan to Robinson, including an ambitious publishing schedule.

But something went very wrong. At the end of May, Brett expressed his concern to London as The Call of the Wild was set to be published on July 15 and Isbister had not yet responded to Macmillan’s offer. “You see I wanted to follow your wishes and still offer the book to Isbister, although I would have preferred to bring it out through another London house,” Brett wrote. , but to a rival, William Heinemann, Ltd. , although given London’s poor sales ­record (so far) in England, the firm may have (unwisely) passed.

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