Harper's Offer for The Newcomes

Peter L. Shillingsburg, Professor of English, Mississippi State University

Note 24 to Chapter 4 of the author's Pegasus in Harness: Victorian Publishing and W. M. Thackeray, which University Press of Virginia published in 1992. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

The exchange rate, at the time was 1 to 5, so the offer (by comparison with the $1,000 Harper gave him for the lectures) was $50 per number or $1,200 for the whole book.

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