E. V. Lucas

How to become an author

Letters to a young writer, 1920

176 Victoria Street
(Corner of Buckingham Palace Road)
June 26, 1920

Dear Mr. Jones,

I should have answered your letter sooner but have been abroad. The best way to prepare for a literary career is to live thoroughly, be interested in as many things as possible and forget the ultimate purpose. I know nothing about your special ambitions and therefore cannot advise with any regard to any particular study, but it is wise while knowing something of everything to know everything of something; and wise too to have a trade or craft or calling to fall back upon when editors and publishers are cold. With all good wishes,

I am Yours faithfully,
E.V. Lucas

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