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Stet : a memoir

Author: Diana Athill
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Stet is spiced with candid insights about the type of people who make brilliant writers and ingenious publishers, and the idiosyncrasies of both. It brims with Athill's memories of serving as confidante, midwife, and sometime therapist to great literary figures: "Nobody who has read Jean Rhys' first four novels can suppose that she was good at life; but no one who never met her could know how very bad she was at
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Diana Athill; Diana Athill
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Athill
ISBN: 0802116833 9780802116833
OCLC Number: 428131713
Description: 250 p.
Responsibility: Diana Athill.

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"Stet is spiced with candid insights about the type of people who make brilliant writers and ingenious publishers, and the idiosyncrasies of both. It brims with Athill's memories of serving as confidante, midwife, and sometime therapist to great literary figures: "Nobody who has read Jean Rhys' first four novels can suppose that she was good at life; but no one who never met her could know how very bad she was at it"; "It was my job to listen to [Naipaul's] unhappiness and do what I could to ease it - which would not have been too bad if there had been anything I could do." Most of all it is Athill's voice that captivates - intimate, lively, generous, humorous - the voice of a favorite aunt who is as warm and big-hearted as she is worldly and irreverent.".

"Packed with delights, Stet is about the world of books, about people who write them and the process of making them, a world dissected with sharp and irresistible honesty. It is an invaluable contribution to the literature of literature."--BOOK JACKET.

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