John Muir


John Muir


Houghton Mifflin Co.


[rough draft of letter]July 4 [1911?]Houghton Mifflin Co., PolDear Sirs:live just received the corrected M.S. I want tospend a half day or so on it before forwarding to you. In the meantime please send me the M.S. I left with you, that I may copy the corrections as I shall need to use it in making other plans for publishing it at least in part, since the Atlantic and I suppose the Youth's Companion have unexpectedly declined it. This will, of course, cause some delay. For wishing naturally to have as many readers as possible for my story. I want the greater part of it to appear first in some good magazine. Your right to the book will, of course, be reserved. The advantage in magazine publication is illustrated, as far as my own experience goes by both the "Mountains of California"[of] which as a book only about 10,000 copies sold, while about 200.000 of the magazine copies [were sold]. Stickeen had probably 200.000 copies sold in a single mo[nth]. All "The National Parks" was first published in the Atlantic. Probably the whole [may] be left until I return from S[outh] Am[erica]. In the meantime it can be running through a maga[zine].[John Muir]05044



Circa Date

[1911] Jul 4


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0466

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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3 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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