Perhaps my favorite book so far, found on the Serendipity shelves. Alfred Knopf published it in an edition of 2000 copies (none for sale) in 1929. This charming pamphlet begins: “Never try to write, but above all never have anything to do with publishing or the book trade”; this is the only parental advice I can remember.
Garnett, remembered perhaps most today for his novel Lady Into Fox, republished by McSweeney’s, also owned a second-hand and antiquarian book shop and was a partner in the Nonesuch Press.
Garnett concludes with advice for his sons, ” ‘Above all, never be a bookseller. That is the worst of all: the hardest work and the worst paid. ‘ Yet sometimes I wish I were back in the shop….”
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