MAN OF LETTERS
ALTHOUGH his relation to the university closed with the end of the academic year in June, 1882, Sill did not immediately leave Berkeley, but remained ordering his affairs, and putting into effect some old plans which included preparing for the press a collection of his poems, "The Venus of Milo, and Other Poems," to be privately printed for his friends. Perhaps he found it easier also in the accustomed surroundings to make the transition from teaching to writing. At any rate, he lost no time in entering upon the new profession; he seems to have given no thought to a new post as professor, but to have launched himself at once upon literature. In September he was in full correspondence with the editor of the "Atlantic," and had already taken a hand in starting the new California magazine, "The Overland Monthly."
The correspondence with Thomas Bailey Aldrich, then editor of the "Atlantic," grew more intimate as time went on, and the relation became one of mutual admiration and regard. Aldrich wrote twenty years later:--