Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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decente servilite, se
font un point de conscience d'encourager le pauvre diable d'auteur avec
un dollar ou deux, plus ou moins, selon qu'il se comporte decemment, et
s'abstient de la vilaine habitude de relever le nez.

Nous esperons, cependant, n'etre pas assez prevenu ou assez vindicatif
pour insinuer que ce qui, de leur part (des editeurs de Magazines)
semble si peu liberal, soit en realite une illiberalite qui doive etre
mise a leur charge. De fait, il saute aux yeux que ce que nous avons dit
est precisement l'inverse d'une pareille accusation. Ces editeurs paient
_quelque chose_--les autres ne paient rien du tout. Il y a la evidemment
une certaine difference,--quoiqu'un mathematicien put pretendre que la
difference est infinitesimale. Mais enfin ces editeurs et proprietaires
de Magazines _paient_ (il n'y a pas a dire), et pour votre pauvre diable
d'auteur les plus minimes faveurs meritent la reconnaissance. Non, le
manque de liberalite est du cote du public infatue de ses demagogues, du
cote du public qui souffre que ses delegues, les oints de son choix (ou
peut-etre les maudits[80]) insultent a son sens commun, (a lui public),
en faisant dans nos Chambres nationales des discours ou ils prouvent
qu'il est beau et commode de voler l'Europe litteraire sur les grands
chemins, et qu'il n'y a pas de plus grossiere absurdite que de pretendre
qu'un homme a quelque droit et quelque titre a sa propre cervelle ou a
la matiere sans consistance qu'il en file, comme une maudite chenille
qu'il est. Si ces matieres aussi fragiles que le fil de la vierge ont
besoin de protection, c'est que nous avons les mains pleines et de vers
a soie et de _morus multicaulis_[81].

Mais si nous ne pouvons pas, dans ces circonstances, reprocher aux
editeurs de Magazines un manque absolu de liberalite (puisqu'ils
paient), il y a un point particulier, au sujet duquel nous avons
d'excellentes raisons de les accuser. Pourquoi (puisqu'ils doivent
payer) ne paient-ils pas de bonne grace et tout de suite? Si nous etions
en ce moment de mauvaise humeur, nous pourrions raconter une histoire
qui ferait dresser les cheveux sur la tete de Shylock.

Un jeune auteur, aux prises avec le desespoir lui-meme sous la forme
du spectre de la pauvrete, n'ayant dans sa misere aucun
soulagement--n'ayant a attendre aucune sympathie de la part du vulgaire,
qui ne comprend pas ses besoins, et pretendrait ne pas les comprendre,
quand meme il les concevrait parfaitement--ce jeune auteur est poliment
prie de composer un article, pour lequel il sera "gentiment paye." Dans
le ravissement, il neglige peut-etre pendant tout un mois le seul emploi
qui le fait vivre, et

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