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might even have sufToicd from his pover
ty, had it not been for his appointment to
the Consulship at Liverpool by his friend,
Lowell is independent, hut not from his
fine poetry and essays, however.
"Whitlicr is a bachelor, and livusheueiitli
his own humble New England roof on
$500 a year.
O. W. Holmes has not made $'.r,000
from all that lie lias written. He is rich,
but his wealth comes from his knowledge
of medicine, and by inheritance.
J. G. Holland is generally thought to be
an author who has amassed wealth from
hie writings. His books have sold as
largely as those of any other American
author. He may be worth $200,000, but a
large part of this lie has obtained from
his partnership in the Springfield Ittjwb.
George TVilliam Curtis is dependent
upon his salary from the Harpers. He
never made $"),0)0 a year with bis pen.
I'arton makes about live thousand a
3'oar from fugitive wiitinvs, and finds it
hard to get on.
Bret Harlo depends upon fugitive writ,
ing for subsistence, and never has a dollar
Gail Hamilton never received $((,000 in
her life for her work.
T. H. Alflrlcli. .1. T. Trowbridge, It. II.
Itobinson, and T. V. Higginson, depend
upon fugitive wiiliug, and too anything
From these figures it will lie seen that
authors receive less pay for their work
than any other cla-s of professional men.
I have enumerated above iih some of
our first-class writers persons whose
names are familiar iu every household.
If they receive such nnagic compensa
tion for their li lenity labors, what may a
merely good writer expect Almost noth.
ing. In this counln cheap literary work
ma- be bad by the bushel almost, -for the
printing of it. The country is flooded
with merely good writers, and every year
the number Increases out of nil propor
tion to the population and general
mand for their work. Some rditois,
in paiticulai those editing magnzi
ceive double the number of manu
that they were wont to two or Ik
ago. Scribncr's Mont hi y rcceiv
1,010 manuscripts; in l7o, 2,
1870, the large number ol
other lirM-elass magaiues th
nearly in a similar proportion
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for the increase in population laMjJhr Im
popular demand for reading MHrtttr,; but
no increase in population orjyStWMiid
would warrant such an increaiwHie
number of authors as the altove ftfitres
would seem to show The riarpehTfcntc
receive for their three periodicals-the
Magazine, II V ., and Jlarur, from' live
to six thousand manuscripts yearly. Of
these only a small portion receive a
place in their columns while the remain.
der find a grave in the waste basket.
yet, in the face of all these d?--
incuts, and with .Miiall pre
cess, ami tor a iiihi pittance
men and uoiihii will couth
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