No Thanks, Mr. Nabokov

Interesting article in the NY Times on Alfred A. Knopf’s archived rejection files, which includes letters turning down Lolita, The Diary of Anne Frank, and quite a few other titles that went on to perform well for their publishers. Well, everybody makes mistakes. I tend to believe David Oshinsky when he writes, “Put simply, a rejected manuscript usually appeared to deserve its fate.” The dross in publishing outweighs the wheat by a nigh-unimaginable magnitude.


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