Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Rosa Nouchette Carey, 1840-1909
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These letters, concerning Carey’s financial relationship with Bentley's, belie the stereotype of the frivolous lady scribbler. Insead, they show an assertive, business-minded author negotiating confidently with her publisher. Carey requests increased royalties ("one penny in the shilling") and stands her ground when Bentley offers her much less than she had asked for. Reminding Bentley of her long career as a novelist and her good reputation, she notes that she is "one of the most popular & steady selling writers of the present day." She complains about the timing of the cheap edition of her novel The Old Old Story. She also acknowledges receipt of 144.10.6 for her work.

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[Rosa Nouchette Carey. Autograph letters to Bentley’s, August 16, 1898, & February 5, 1897.
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