A MODERN TALE.
"The plot of my first story," says. ..Mrs* Belloc Lowndes, ''entitled 'The JEeart of Penelope.' was first suggested j tome by .hearing in casual conversation of a happening in real life. This was the incident of a murder of a French lady by her daughter's _ lover. The j story, of course, germinated in my j mind long before I wrote it, and the j writing of the book took fully two 3-ears, if not more, as my invariable habit is to re-write my work in sections several times. 'The Heart of Penelope' was a modern story which opened in j London at St. James's Palace, in a iouse that once belonged to the famous Victorian poet-banker Sanruel Rogers. "When but half completed I offered it to a firm of publishers, who refused it, saying that they did not care to see the conclusion. I finished the book and then sent it to Mr Heinemann. It was accepted at once, and I had the pleasure of hearing from him that his reader's report had been a very favourable one. As a matter of fact, theu results seemed not to justify the report. But, on the other hand, the subscription for my next novel, published a year later, was over 20 times what the subscription to the first had been, and my second book, 'Barbara Revell,' did five times, as well as 'The Heart of Penelope.' "
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A MODERN TALE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914
A MODERN TALE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914
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