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Mr. R. C.
1225 South Center St.
U. S. A.
5The twins4 and I get jipped again .! It's too bad that a very
successful book5 doesn't give one what one
wants, but it seems only to give more trouble. A crisis has come up6 between my American publisher
and my English publisher, so that after much correspondence and worry I have
decided to change publishers in England7. It has taken so much time and fussing that it has
pretty well done me out of my summer's fun, of which the twins were to be
the chief part. Tell them I am more disappointed than they can be, for they
have more play-time than I. But it's only a postponement. We will yet have a
joyous summer on this lovely little
island2. The advance sale is grand, fifty-five thousand, not
counting the Book-of-the-Month club. Out of the latter I get practically nothing8; it's a
cheat, but it's supposed to be fine advertising. I think it a mistake to let
them have the book, I never would consent to it before, but Knopf9 wanted to try it once, and it's
foolish to oppose your publisher all the time; he loses interest if he can't
experiment and try new devices.