Tuesday, April 24, 2012

News at Eleven: "As to my book--may my publisher

be drowned in ink, may he be crushed between presses, may the printer's devil take him--he is giving me the runaround." So he [A.M. Klein] wrote in 1938 to Joseph Frank, an old friend from his days in Canadian Young Judea. To Solomon Grayzel, his editor at JPS, he directed a similar complaint: "Is there anything new, or does your committee insist that the book be published posthumously?" Advised by James Laughlin at New Directions to turn the other cheek to a hostile reviewer, he replied, "I turn him all four."

from The Jewish Daily Forward: A Poem of One's Own


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