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A Rejection Is a Rejection Is a Rejection

June 27, 2013 | by

Behold what is either the best or worst rejection letter we have ever seen (depending on your capacity for cruelty), sent to Gertrude Stein in 1912 by publisher Arthur C. Fifield. Given that the manuscript in question became Three Lives (among other things) we suppose she had the last laugh. And as an editor, you can’t help thinking: Just how much time did this guy have on his hands?

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Thanks, Electric Lit!

 

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  1. Conal D | June 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    It’s good, but I like this one the best:
    http://www.lettersofnote.com/p/the-rejection-slip.html

  2. Seth | August 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Hunter S. Thompson’s letter to aspiring clones:
    http://gothamist.com/2011/08/17/when_hunter_s_thompson_penned_rolli.php

  3. Robert | August 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Likes like those who like likes

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