Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Definition of Thriller

From: Sean Shapiro (
Date: 06 Feb 2009

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    Catch-22 was rejected by multiple publishers. And Harry Potter also met with a few slammed doors.


    ________________________________ From: Allan Guthrie <> To: Sent: Friday, February 6, 2009 5:06:22 PM Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Definition of Thriller

    "If the book had a plot and structure, we might suggest shortening and revisions, but it is so diffuse that I don't think this would be of any use. My chief objection is that you don't have any story to tell."

    --Rejection letter to William Faulkner reputedly from Pushcart's Complete Rotten Reviews And Rejections: com/Pushcarts- Complete- Rotten-Reviews- Rejections/ dp/1888889047
    (I don't own a copy to confirm).


    ----- Original Message ----- From: "jacquesdebierue" <jacquesdebierue@>
    > The thought that William Faulkner might be considered unpublishable
    > today is scary. I was told that by someone who works at a big
    > publishing firm. It was not said jokingly.
    > Best,
    > mrt


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