Frank H. Scott
January 18, 1905.
Mr. John Muir,
My dear Mr. Muir:
Mr. Johnson has told me of his recent correspondence with you with reference to the possible publication in book form of your "Adventure with a Dog." I have just read the story over again, as usual with great interest. There is no doubt of its striking and taking qualities, -but the difficulty of book publication is this:
With the rates and discounts now prevailing in the book trade, it does not seem profitable to either author or publisher to attempt to issued at bound book at a less retail price of one dollar; and most of the books issued at this price have twenty thousand or more words, and very rarely less than fifteen thousand, - whereas the present story as it appears in the magazine contains less than seven thousand words.
I do not know how much of Stickeen's life history remains to be told, but I am very glad to note from your letter to Mr. Johnson that it is quite possible to somewhat expand the story. If you could kindly do this, making of it as long and well-rounded a tale as possible, we should be very glad to consider the revised manuscript most hospitably, and can promise you an immediate decision.
1905 Jan 18
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.
Scott, Frank H., "Letter from Frank H. Scott to John Muir, 1905 Jan 18." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3203.
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