Rosa Nouchette Carey, 1840-1909
These letters, concerning Careys 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.
[Rosa Nouchette Carey. Autograph letters to Bentleys,
August 16, 1898, & February 5, 1897.
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