May 25th, 1858
To: Louis Hachette, founder of Hatchette et Cie, a French publishing company
You are quite right in supposing that I should be glad to know any details of your progress, and literary plans which you may give me. I am particularly interested in all you tell me. If the journalist you have employed to keep you ‘au courant’ in English literature does not tell you of any good novels, it is because none are written. I never knew so few good romances published.
‘Year after Year’ by the Author of ‘Paul Ferrol’ is considered a failure. Dickens reads aloud, instead of writing and is said to earn more money in this way. Thackeray writes the ‘Virginians,’ a monthly serial of which doubtless you have heard. The cleverest novel that has appeared in the last six months is ‘Guy Livingston’ (in one volume). It is the story of a ‘fast’ young man; but it is a very brilliant clever book… it is rather melodramatic; but every scene is highly interesting in itself.