More Famous Rejection Letters

I think my brief post on Famous Rejections got more hits than anything I’ve written since I followed a Sasquatch on a CBC radio interview about my own journey to publication. So here are some more:

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“His frenetic and scrambled prose perfectly express the feverish travels of the Beat Generation.  But is that enough?  I don’t think so.”

Rudyard Kipling

“I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you don’t know how to use the English language” (Perhaps a reference to Jabberwocky :-)?)

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

 “…an irresponsible holiday story.”

Joseph Heller, Catch – 22

“I haven’t really the foggiest idea about what the man is trying to say… Apparently the author intends it to be funny – possibly even satire – but it is really not funny on any intellectual level.”

John le Carré, The Spy who Came in from the Cold

“You’re welcome to le Carré – he hasn’t got any future.”

And publisher Knopf turned down a number of famous authors: listen to NPR describe what archivists are discovering as they look through the slushpile.

Now, feeling better?

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