p.s. Let us reflect on a famous quotation by Thomas Stearns himself: "Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."
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Monday, July 13, 2009
In Rejection History Today
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica Blog (where ideas matter), T.S. Eliot rejected George Orwell's Animal Farm 65 years ago today. Eliot, moonlighting as an editor at Faber & Faber, told the political-satire guru that his manuscript was not up to the publishing house's literary standards, hastening to say, however, that “we have no conviction . . . that this is the right point of view from which to criticise the political situation at the present time.” Isn't it so like a rejecting editor to have no conviction? Makes me feel better.