October 23, 2012
MarkBernstein.org
 

Stet: An Editor's Life

For some fifty years, Diana Athill was editor for the British publisher André Deutsch, and these memoirs recount the dramatic transformation of publishing from the end of WWII to the close of the millennium. Athill can write, and things happened where she happened to be:

"At that time I was all but unsexed by sadness, because the man I was engaged to, who was serving in the Middle East, had first gone silent on me, then married someone else, then been killed. A little later I would start to find that promiscuity cheered me up, but our Devonshire Places days were too early for that."