The Craft Sinister (Classic Reprint)

The Craft Sinister (Classic Reprint)

by George Abel Schreiner
     
 

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I agree with the reader that it seems nonsensical to add an "Introduction" to a book, which already has a "Preface." But in this case something had to be added, and if I have taken recourse to the word "Introduction" it is for no other reason than that this word seemed as good as any other.

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Excerpt from The Craft Sinister

I agree with the reader that it seems nonsensical to add an "Introduction" to a book, which already has a "Preface." But in this case something had to be added, and if I have taken recourse to the word "Introduction" it is for no other reason than that this word seemed as good as any other.

This manuscript has been making the rounds of publishing houses for a year now. The "Preface" was pre-dated to May 1, 1919. In reality the book was completed two months before that, and represented then the labor of about eight months, not counting three years of work in Central Europe and another year in the United States- time devoted to the study of the subject and the experience that had to be gained.

The publishers who had the manuscript were afraid to publish it. One of them had indeed accepted the book and went so far as to place it among his "Announcements" to the book trade. But something went wrong. Another publisher was torn by his emotions" for the space of weeks and finally admitted that it would be "too dangerous for his firm" to publish the book. The man feared the High and Mighty in Washington, and well he might. He was of the opinion that there was involved a public duty, and that he should meet it.

"But," he said, "if I get into trouble the public won't thank me."

For the man in question I will say that I fully sympathize with him. A few might feel different about it, in case the Most Honorable Burleson denied the mails of the United States to him, but the dear public, that great mass of people which is swayed only by the passions of the day, would, in its fervor to please the Powerful, do little better than boycott his books besides.

But it seems wholly useless to go into further details of this sort. Publishing is a business, not a mission, and wise indeed the publisher who keeps this in mind. For not to keep it in mind means that he will not be a publisher for long.

I have, then, no quarrel with any publisher. In fact, I sympathize with all of them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781331191629
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/11/2015
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

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