Doris Lessing Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

October 11, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

What does this morning’s news have to do with fly fishing? Well, for one, fly fishers like to write. Second, getting published is not what it used to be, and even less so than in 1984 when, to prove a point, the already-famous Doris Lessing wrote two novels under a pen name and was rejected by her long-time British publisher. So the next time you are feeling “frankly but faintly malicious” toward a reluctant publisher, remember that their rejection is not always the best comment on the quality of your work.