Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The definition of classics

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 05 Nov 2007

Some years ago, I read a review of a volume of Hemingway's letters, and one of his hand-written letters was reproduced. Just correcting the spelling in one of his manuscripts would have taken a copyeditor a week or two, even though I don't recall "cognac" being in the letter.
    But good punctuation does not necessarily lead to "literature." Otherwise, my unpublished mystery manuscript would have sold a million copies by now.


Kevin Burton Smith wrote:
> Like all those authors who claim they've never been edited, or that
> they never revise. Or know where they're going when they start a
> book. Or know how to spell cognac.

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