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Rotten Rejections: A Literary Companion

by Andre Bernard

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This extraordinary collection of rejection letters sent by publishers to writers - many delivered to now famous authors of books considered classics - is sure to entertain and delight readers and give more than a little comfort to struggling authors. Among the gems of editorial misjudgement included in the book are: 'You are welcome to Le Carre - he hasn't got any future.' (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, 1963); 'It is impossible to sell animal stories...' (Animal Farm, George Orwell, 1945); and 'We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias.' (Carrie, Stephen King, early 1970s). In the company of such hallowed names as Thomas Wolfe, Gertrude Stein, Henry James, Joseph Heller and many others, Rotten Rejections makes encouraging reading for all would-be authors.… (more)
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This book is a must for down-in-the-dumps writers who've just opened their umpteenth rejection letter! ( )
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This extraordinary collection of rejection letters sent by publishers to writers - many delivered to now famous authors of books considered classics - is sure to entertain and delight readers and give more than a little comfort to struggling authors. Among the gems of editorial misjudgement included in the book are: 'You are welcome to Le Carre - he hasn't got any future.' (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, 1963); 'It is impossible to sell animal stories...' (Animal Farm, George Orwell, 1945); and 'We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias.' (Carrie, Stephen King, early 1970s). In the company of such hallowed names as Thomas Wolfe, Gertrude Stein, Henry James, Joseph Heller and many others, Rotten Rejections makes encouraging reading for all would-be authors.

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