R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
J. M. 2.go beautifully into a volume of this kind let me urge you to sit down as soon as you can and write out two or three more, and let us print them first in The Century and then make a book of them next summer for the fall trade. The public is in a mood to buy books now, and is likely to be for some time, so that it would be advantageous to you to make such a volume of short tales. It seems to me that the "never failing stream" would make another good story, a description of your night on Shasta another, the river full of phosphorescent fish a third, and the shifting aurora a fourth. My idea would be to have nature and life in about equal proportions. There is a good deal of Knack about making a book, and it is well to strike several notes.I do not know Bliss Perry, the new editor of The Atlantic, but I have no doubt that he is a man of good literary taste.Faithfully yours,R. U. Johnson[in margin: [Seton?] [illegible] is back again. How do you like his "Grizzly"? Doesn't it make you [illegible] to write? Go to! "Write! Thou will never have a better day."]02439
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