“You’re right about articles being a lot of work, specially when they are not accepted . . . . Now here’s a funny thing: Time was when if I got an article accepted, I was astonished and delighted.  Now, if one is rejected I am astonished and simply livid.  The worst of it, you know, is the damper it puts on future work—the horrid uncertainty, I mean, which dogs you at every stage while you are working.”

Jessica Mitford, letter to Barbara Kahn, March 30, 1965 (Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford, ed. Peter Y. Sussman, New York: Knopf, 2006; 336).


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