Latest Items About the Doings of Authors and Publishers (Excerpt)
Special Dispatch to THE NEW YORK TIMS SATURDAY REVIEW OF BOOKS.
LONDON, Dec. 6—Frederick Greenwood, who of late has written little for publication, although he is still remembered in some quarters as the author of a life of Napoleon III., published nearly half a century ago, has written a letter which appears in this week's Tatler correcting the statement contained in all the obituaries of Frederick Warne that this publisher introduced "Uncle Tom's Cabin" to English readers. It seems that the first copy to reach England was one of a pirated American issue, and that it passed through Henri Vizetelly's hands to a firm of new and obscure publishers, Clarke, Beeton & Co. Greenwood, who was then a mere youth, was employed to read half the book over night, a member of the firm reading the other half. Greenwood decided in favor of his half after reading the chapter in which Cassy maddens Legree with fear. Greenwood was also employed to write an introduction for the first English edition, which he facetiously remarks was partly in the style of Lord Brougham, and partly in that of Carlyle, and for which he was paid two guineas.