18 May 2006

Stet: An Editor's Life. Diana Athill.

Diana Athill was an editor in London, starting just after the Second World War and ending when her company went bust in the 1980s. She published Wide Sargasso Sea (which for some reason I have not yet read), and V. S. Naipaul's first seventeen books, and other important stuff like that. Reading her book was a nice, uncomplicated pleasure. She told some amusing things about herself, and some interesting anecdotes about her authors, and didn't oblige me to learn anything, or at any rate nothing I expect ever to have to use. Her book was not bad in any way, so I didn't have to put any effort into working out what was wrong with it. I could just enjoy it for its charming, inconsequential self.

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