Gertrude Stein Gets Rejected Electric Literature June 26, 2013 Scuttlebutt 1 Comment Failure is a part of life. And for writers (or anyone who’s ever dated anyone) so is rejection. Rather than cower in fear of failing again, we can learn from it. We can, as the over-quoted Samuel Beckett commandment goes, endeavor to “fail better.” We can also find solace and encouragement in the knowledge that others, including masters like Gertrude Stein, have failed before us. In 1912, publisher Arthur C. Fifield sent to a despicable (albeit clever) rejection letter Getrude Stein, mocking her (eventually) first published book Three Lives. A copy of the letter is below, so prepare to sympathize with Stein and/or dig deep in schadenfreude. Find more harsh rejection letters here. And, once you’ve had enough, read some advice from 12 famous writers on how to handle failure. *** —Benjamin Samuel is the co-editor of Electric Literature. He fails better than Sam Beckett. Find him on Twitter. One Response Facing the Inevitable Rejection Letter | The Poetics Project July 21, 2013 […] so harsh that you may think the editor spent hours writing up that letter, like the one pictured to the right, sent to Gertrude Stein in 1912 by publisher Arthur C. Fifield regarding her […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.