William H. Butler

William H. Butler

A 19th Century Writer

William Butler lived a storied life but he himself loved to tell stories. One of his most interesting but under-appreciated stories is the tale of a man who sails from England to America at the start of the Revolutionary War.

Authors like Butler struggled to find literary success at a time when books were still few in number. The frustrations of being a writer in the 19th century -- when one might be reduced to laboring as a clerk by day to support the writing habit -- are sometimes exposed in modern research.

A mythology has sprung up around the whimsical 19th century author who takes pen in hand and sets out a classic story that immediately becomes successful. What I find is that many of these writers had to wait years for success, and for too many success never came.

A few writers left behind manuscripts that were published after they died. If the books became successful the best we can say is that they were ahead of their times.

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