Rejection letters

Telegraph | Arts | However, thank you for your interest

But a book called Rotten Rejections, edited by Andr%uFF8E Bernard, makes you feel some pity for the people who sit in offices and make livings out of writers. For example, what is the correct response, on first looking into Gertrude Stein’s Ida? However lyrical and lapidary the work, you have to applaud the publisher who wrote back in Stein’s own voice: “Having only one life, I cannot read your MS three or four times. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one.”