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Publication date: October 2004
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In 1892 Merriman produced « The Slave of the Lamp, » which had run serially through the Cornhill Magazine, then under the editorship of Mr. James Payn...
It is certainly true to say that no author ever had more pleasure in his art than Merriman. The fever and the worry which accompany many literary productions he never knew.
Among the professional critics he had neither personal friends nor personal foes; and accepted their criticisms - hostile or favourable - with perfect serenity and open-mindedness. He was, perhaps, if anything, only too ready to alter his work in accordance with their advice: he always said that he owed them much; and admired their perspicuity in detecting a promise in his earliest books, which he denied finding there himself. His invincible modesty made him ready to accept not only professional criticism but - a harder thing - the advice of critics on the hearth. It was out of compliance with such a domestic criticism that the dénouement in « The Sowers » was re-written as it now stands, the scene of the attack on the Castle being at first wholly different.
The jealousy and bitterness which are supposed to be inseparable from the literary life certainly never affected Merriman's. He had no trace of such feelings in his nature. Of one who is known to the public exclusively through his writings, it may seem strange - but it is not the less true - to say that his natural bent was not to the life of a literary man, but to a life of action, and that it was fate, rather than inclination, which made him express himself in words instead of deeds. A writer's books are generally his best biography: the « strong, quiet man, » whose forte was to do much and say nothing; who, like Marcos Sarrion, loved the free and plain life of the field and the open, was a natural hero for Merriman, "as finding there unconsciously some image of himself."
To any other biography he was strongly opposed. His dislike of the advertisement and the self-advertisement of the interview and the personal paragraph deepened with time. He held strongly and consistently, as he held all his opinions, that a writer should be known to the public by his books, and by his books only. One of his last expressed wishes was that there should be no record of his private life.
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