Life Was Worth Living: The Reminiscences of W. Graham Robertson

Life Was Worth Living: The Reminiscences of W. Graham Robertson

Life Was Worth Living: The Reminiscences of W. Graham Robertson

Life Was Worth Living: The Reminiscences of W. Graham Robertson

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When I was yet a mere child of twenty-nine or thirty I once waited upon a Publisher with a picture book which I hoped he might bring out. He told me, with perfect truth, that there was no demand for that sort of thing, that it was not in his line, that -- to put it plainly -- my pictures and my books were not wanted, and if I would take them home and bury them quietly he would feel obliged. "But," he added, "if you would write your Reminiscences for me -----"

"My Reminiscences?" I gasped, feeling, like David Copperfield, 'very young,' "I haven't got any."

"O yes, I think so," said the Publisher.

"But I'm not a Distinguished Person."

"No," said he, "but you have known a great many Distinguished People."

Had I? "But I can't take them and stick them into a beastly book just because I know them," I stammered. "They wouldn't like it -- and I shouldn't like it -- and ----"

"Very well," said the Publisher. "We need not discuss it. Good morning. Take your drawings with you."

I gathered up my rejected wares and retired with what I hoped was dignity. Reminiscences, indeed! Stories about Other People! Naturally, in the due course of events, when I had accomplished great things and my name was a household word, I should write an Autobiography. That would be legitimate, nay, the world would demand it, and I should set about making notes for it at once; but the time was not yet ripe for the appearance of this work and, in the meanwhile, I did not feel equal to hanging out my more notable acquaintances on a line, like washing, for the inspection of the public.

And the years passed on.

Now I am old and still quite Undistinguished and there is less occasion than ever for that Autobiography; most of the Notable Acquaintances are in Heaven or in bath-

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