Pushcart's Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections: A History of Insult, A Solace to Writers

Pushcart s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections A History of Insult A Solace to Writers A few years ago Pushcart Press issued a series of three books Rotten Reviews and Rotten Reviews II edited by Bill Henderson and Rotten Rejections edited by Andr Bernard All three volumes were huge

  • Title: Pushcart's Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections: A History of Insult, A Solace to Writers
  • Author: Bill Henderson
  • ISBN: 9781888889048
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • A few years ago, Pushcart Press issued a series of three books Rotten Reviews and Rotten Reviews II, edited by Bill Henderson, and Rotten Rejections, edited by Andr Bernard All three volumes were hugely popular and Rotten Reviews spent some time on a national bestseller list Now these hundreds of scathing comments are collected in one edition that will delight readersA few years ago, Pushcart Press issued a series of three books Rotten Reviews and Rotten Reviews II, edited by Bill Henderson, and Rotten Rejections, edited by Andr Bernard All three volumes were hugely popular and Rotten Reviews spent some time on a national bestseller list Now these hundreds of scathing comments are collected in one edition that will delight readers and offer solace to writers who have endured similar reviews and rejections For example Jane Austen was reviewed as a husband hunting butterfly John Barth s early fiction was called a real recoil Alice in Wonderland was greeted with a stiff overwrought story Reviews of Moby Dick cited Melville for tragic comic bubble and squeak Classic rejection slips were delivered to John Le Carr s The Spy That Came In from the Cold You re welcome to Le Carr he hasn t got any future, and Vladimir Nabokov s Lolita I recommend that it be buried under a stone for a thousand years, plus many A welcome bit of fun Philadelphia Inquirer

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    1. This is an entertaining collection of negative reviews and rejections from the literary and theatrical worlds. They give special hope to all writers who secretly know their work has value.Samples include a library banning of HUCKLEBERRY FINN (causing an elated Mark Twain to rejoice about the probable increase in book sales), an apology from a Chinese publisher bemoaning that the submitted work was too exceptional to publish setting too high a standard for future submissions from other writers [...]

    2. As a new professor, I've been pretty bummed having my articles rejected from academic journalsbut I felt much better after reading this book! The things reviewers and editors have said about some of our most revered works of literature are bananas! Some examples: Gustave Flaubert received this review of Madame Bovary: "Monsieur Flaubert is not a writer."John Knowles of A Separate Peace: "embarrassingly overwroughtrikes me as much overdone, and even pretentiousI feel rather hopeless about his hav [...]

    3. Any writer who becomes discouraged by the barbs of critics needs to own this book to read for reassurance. No great writer is spared by these critics with their idiotic reviews. Examples:- of H.G. Wells: "y a minor writer of no large promise."- of Walt Whitman: "Whitman is as unacquainted with art as a hog is with mathematics."- of Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina): "Sentimental rubbish Show me one page that contains an idea."- on Charles Dickens: "We do not believe in the permanence of his reputation [...]

    4. Rotten Reviews begins with interest and occasional vitriol and ends with more tepid fare. An idea fine in initial preparation, but that stretched thin by the third volume. It did help me fall asleep on many nights if that is any recommendation.

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