Letter from William Plomer to The Hogarth Press (15/06/1924)



[[MS 2750/351/1]]


[*[1 word illeg.] 15.7.24*]


S. Africa


The Director, 
The Hogarth Press, 
Tavistock Sq. W.C.1


15 June 1924




I am neither an ‘A subscriber’ or a ‘B subscriber’ to your Press. It is not from indifference, but from poverty. From a distance I have followed your activities with interest and sympathy, because I suspect that you are nearer the heart of things than any of the publishers in London.


I venture accordingly to introduce myself to you. I am young, and trading here until I can give all my time to writing. I have been at work upon a novel sometimes, and although I do not claim the genius or meticulousness of Gray or Haubert, I believe that careful workmanship is a duty. I do not suppose that the book is likely to be finished for another year or two, but I ask that you will be so good as to allow me to submit it to you in the first instance.


If, when the time comes, you find yourselves unable to print my work, it is probable that it will remain in manuscript. I have no intention of throwing myself like a piece of meat to what is called the Public.





Perhaps I am not as vain as I sound.


I am | yours truly | William Plomer


Please do not assume that I use green ink because it’s clever: I can find no blue.

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Letter from William Plomer to The Hogarth Press (15/06/1924)



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Plomer writes to say that he has followed the activity of the press, he compliments The Hogarth Press and introduces himself. Plomer informs them that he is working on a novel that will take a couple of years to finish. He asks to submit the novel to The Hogarth Press first, and that it will remain a manuscript if they are unable to publish it. He finishes the letter questioning his own vanity and apologises for the use of green ink.



Handwritten letter signed by Plomer