The American publisher Benjamin W. Huebsch to Stefan Zweig on February 28, 1937:
"As to Roth, there can be no doubt that he has become the victim of his domestic troubles and alcohol, and now, in looking back over the last few years, it seems to me that we should have known that he would disintegrate. "
"He should have known that we published the last few books more because of your faith in his eventual recovery than for any other reason."
"I find that his unearned advances amount to $2,470, and that practically speaking none of his books, except "Hiob", shows a profit."
When it all comes down to dust, the unearned advances will be counted.