YOIT: William Dean Howells will not be your advance-agent

William Dean Howells to Hamlin Garland:

York Harbor, August 4, 1917.

My dear Garland:

I have most decidedly refused to let Macmillans quote from my letter to you. I hope to be your friendliest critic, but not their advance-agent. To let a publisher advertise from such a letter as I like to write a brother-writer would take all heart and trust out of friendship, and I never do it…

Yours sincerely,

W. D. HOWELLS

Citation: MS Am 1784.1 (61), Houghton Library, Harvard University

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