All publishers are Columbuses. The successful author is their America.
The reflection that they--like Columbus--didn't discover what they expected
to discover, and didn't discover what they started out to discover, doesn't
trouble them. All they remember is that they discovered America; they
forget that they started out to discover some patch or corner of India.
George & Dorothy Harvey.
Harvey was president of
Harper & Bros. 1900-1915.
If ever a publisher gets a non-terminable contract with an author, that author
can never buy his freedom from that slavery on any terms. A publisher
is by nature so low and vile that he -- that he -- well from the bottom of my
heart I wish all publishers were in hell.
- Notebook, 28 September 1903 (quoted in Mark Twain's Correspondence with Henry Huttleston Rogers, p. 534)
Clemens at Harper and Brothers gathering, June 16, 1902.
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