R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
s. & c.
THE CENTURY- MAGAZINE
November 9, 1899
R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.
C. C. BUEL,
Mr. John Muir,
My dear Muir,
I was very much delighted to get your letter of the 8th of October and to know that the Harriman expedition was enlivened with so much cheerful verse.
We think of calling Burroughs's articles,"Burroughsing [illegible] Muir in tho Glacial Northwest." If they should call for a reply from you, it could be entitled "Muiring it wfth Burroughs"!
It is good news to our firm that you are going to write the Yosemite book and the Alaska material.
As to the dog story, your proposition came too late to enable us to reach the market this year.Books for the Christmas trade are all prepared in the summer time, and dummies of them sent about with an agent to get advance orders;so that, even if it were possible to rush it through now for the Christmas trade, it would be put out at a disadvantage. Mr. Scott, President of our company;with whom I have just spoken, says that we should like nothing better than a book of such stories from you for next year, and as I know you have several up your sleeve which would
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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.
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
1899 Nov 9
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.
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