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Autograph letter signed from Walter de la Mare to Mr Wood, 20 September 1920

 Item — Box: CLX-A-355
Identifier: Coll-1848/17-0236

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Autograph Letter Signed to Mr Wood, thanking him for his letter and saying he is "sorry you will be obliged to omit some of the poems you selected, but of course there's no help for it. May one of the others be substituted for Bunches of Grapes which has already been over-used? Have you written to Longman's? I'm afraid they will want a fee - but please tell them you have made arrangements with me. The poems from Peacock Pie I have Complete Control - as far as anthologies etc are concerned ... Perhaps my agent's 10 guineas seems excessive. As a matter of fact he usually asks two guineas for each poem appearing in an anthology. My own view is that if a publisher wishes to publish a copyright book, fully intending to make as much profit out of it as he can, he should pay for it. On his side it is a purely business proposition. Anthologies are not bad investments nowadays from the publisher's point of view - eg The Oxford Book, The Open Road, Poems of Today - the last I believe has sold to the latest 100000 copies. l was invited some time ago to compile an anthology & realise that l shall probably have the same difficulty. But that does not make me less sorry that you are [] it, or less impatient with "the trade". Yours sincerely...", 4 sides 8vo., 14 Thornsett Road, Anerley, 20 September 1920.


  • Creation: 20 September 1920


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1 letter

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in November 2017. Accession no SC-Acc-2017-0236.

Related Materials

See Coll-1836: Letters from Walter de la Mare, 1926-1953.

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Catalogued by Aline Brodin in December 2017.

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Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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