Arthur Pinero

How to become an author

Letters to a young writer, 1920

Swan Hotel
Grasmere
23rd Sep: 1920

My Dear Sir,

Mr. William Archer, the dramatic critic, has written a book about playwriting. I forget the title of it, and the publisher, and I have not the means, in this place, of referring to the work. I suggest that you should communicate with Mr. Archer, asking him at the same time to give you the names of other books on the same subject written by American authors. I am sorry to appear so unhelpful.

Yours most truly,
Arthur Pinero

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