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This, my dear Roscoe, is a postcript to my aunt-responsibiltyship letter about Virginia4. For two years I have wanted to send you a little book, which I want you to read some evening and then return to me by registered post. Several years ago I changed my English publisher5 because all the men whom I knew and liked in the House of Heinemann died one after another, and the remaining partners I did not much like. My new publisher6 began our relations with SHADOWS ON THE ROCK7. He got together all the English reviews, good and bad, pasted them in a little scrap-book and sent them to me. I had never done this myself8 with any bunch of reviews. I think the scrap-book makes quite an interesting picture of "how one stands in England9". Some of the papers quoted are just sporting papers, and some are the best journals in England. Since you are the only member of my family who takes any real interest in my professional life, I thought I would like to have you see this collection of opinions - so generally cordial and friendly.
Mr. R. C.
1225 S. Center Street,
GRAND CENT ANNEX N.Y.2
MAR 19 1935
Cassell made the same sort of
scrap-book for OBSCURE DESTINIES10, and that
was even more gratifying to me because the sporting papers rather dropped
out and the criticism was of a very sensitive and penetrating kind ,.
don't want to burden you with too much of this sort of thing all at once. I
think, if you sit down some evening when you are not too tired and read them
all through, skipping, of course, the repititions of the plot, you will get
a genuine satisfaction out of it, as I did.