09 April 2011
EDITORS DESCRIBED from the AUTHORS GUILD BULLETIN
Giles Harvey, a former member of The New York Times Review of Books staff, wrote in that magazine:"Vladimir Nabokov referred to editors as 'pompous avuncular brutes.' T.S. Eliot said that many of them were just 'failed writers.' And Kingsley Amis, that laureate of cantankerousness, spoke of how the worst kind 'prowls through your copy like an overzealous gardener with a pruning hook, on the watch for any phrase he senses you were rather pleased with, preferably one that also clinches your argument and if possible is essential to the general drift of the surrounding passages.'"