by Jack London
Publisher: Feedbooks 1909
Martin Eden (1909) is a novel by American author Jack London, about a struggling young writer. This book is a favorite among writers, who relate to Martin Eden's speculation that when he mailed off a manuscript, there was no human editor at the other end, but a mere cunning arrangement of cogs that changed the manuscript from one envelope to another and stuck on the stamps, returning it automatically with a rejection slip.
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by William Dean Howells - eBooks@Adelaide
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