My First Book

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"I sat down and wrote something."

In a forgotten collection, Arthur Conan Doyle, R. L. Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, and other late 19th century authors talk about being published for the first time.

This is not a children's book, as may be supposed from the title, but a collection of essays first published in The Idler magazine, in which over twenty well-known authors write with characteristic style and humor of their experiences in writing ...

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Overview

"I sat down and wrote something."

In a forgotten collection, Arthur Conan Doyle, R. L. Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, and other late 19th century authors talk about being published for the first time.

This is not a children's book, as may be supposed from the title, but a collection of essays first published in The Idler magazine, in which over twenty well-known authors write with characteristic style and humor of their experiences in writing their first book... and getting it published.

Authors include Jerome K. Jerome, R. L. Stevenson, Bret Harte, Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, Conan Doyle and Mary Braddon. Full of charm, humor and pathos, this book is like a fireside chat with great writers of the past, as well as being a fascinating insight into the literary scene of the late 19th century.

Packed with historical anecdotes you never knew, and loads of writing wisdom from the masters of the craft, "My First Book" is an indispensable collection to both readers and writers as an insight into the craft, and particularly the business of writing, that's still refreshingly relevant.

"Fifty little cylinders of manuscript did I send out during eight years, which described irregular orbits among publishers and usually came back like paper boomerangs to the place that they had started from." -A. Conan Doyle

CONTENTS
READY-MONEY MORTIBOY. BY WALTER BESANT
THE FAMILY SCAPEGRACE. BY JAMES PAYN
THE WRECK OF THE 'GROSVENOR.' BY W. CLARK RUSSELL
PHYSIOLOGICAL ÆSTHETICS AND PHILISTIA. BY GRANT ALLEN
THE SHADOW OF A CRIME. BY HALL CAINE
THE SOCIAL KALEIDOSCOPE. BY GEORGE R. SIMS
DEPARTMENTAL DITTIES. BY RUDYARD KIPLING
JUVENILIA. BY A. CONAN DOYLE
THE TRAIL OF THE SERPENT. BY M. E. BRADDON
THE HOUSE OF ELMORE. BY F. W. ROBINSON
DAWN. BY H. RIDER HAGGARD
HUDSON'S BAY. BY R. M. BALLANTYNE
THE PREMIER AND THE PAINTER. BY I. ZANGWILL
THE WESTERN AVERNUS. BY MORLEY ROBERTS
A LIFE'S ATONEMENT. BY DAVID CHRISTIE MURRAY
A ROMANCE OF TWO WORLDS. BY MARIE CORELLI
ON THE STAGE AND OFF. BY JEROME K. JEROME
CAVALRY LIFE. By 'JOHN STRANGE WINTER' (MRS. ARTHUR STANNARD)
CALIFORNIAN VERSE. BY BRET HARTE
DEAD MAN'S ROCK. BY 'Q.'
UNDERTONES AND IDYLS AND LEGENDS OF INVERBURN. BY ROBERT BUCHANAN
TREASURE ISLAND. BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494396480
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/6/2013
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome K. Jerome, born on May 2, 1859, in Staffordshire, England, was an actor and teacher before becoming a popular novelist with The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow. Three Men in a Boat followed, which recounted an expedition on the Thames. Known for his humor and spirituality.He died on June 14, 1927.

The Jerome K. Jerome Society was formed in 1984 and consists of members from all over the globe. Belsize house holds the Jerome K. Jerome museum and houses a fair amount of photographs, books and personal items of Jerome's.
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