Saturday Evening Post
Unsigned Reprint
Philadelphia: 26 April 1856

  NOVELS GOING OUT.—The Publishers' Circular says: "The Novels and books of light reading published this winter, have proved less successful than in late years, and it is difficult now to get a publisher to look at a manuscript of this character. The public are variable in taste. 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' inaugurated an era in the business which seems drawing to a close. 'Domestic Tales' are beginning to be at a discount. The booksellers scattered through the country, who had standing orders for six, twelve, twenty-five, or more copes of every new dollar-and-a-quarter book, are diminishing or entirely withdrawing their orders. What shall we have next? Shall it be biography, history, poetry, or essays? or will some brilliant genius among the authors strike out a new path?"