A great editor and a brave and honest man, who stuck to the writer of this book through times of bitter hopelessness and doubt and would not let him give in to his own despair, a work to be known as "Of Time and the River" is dedicated with the hope that all of it may be in some way worthy of the loyal devotion and the patient care which a dauntless and unshaken friend has given to each part of it, and without which none of it could have been written.                                                                                                    

Thomas Wolfe (1935)

To Marjorie Kinnan-Rawlings:

“There is no doubt that Hemingway has sacrificed thousands in his sales by the use of what we have come to call the ‘four letter words’ and I do not think he need have done it. The truth is that words that are objected to have a suggestive power for the reader which is quite other than that which they have to those who use them; and therefore they are not right artistically. They should have exactly that meaning and implication which they have when uttered. But they have an altogether different one when they strike unaccustomed ears and eyes.” 

Background: Page of F. Scott Fitzgerald's manuscript of The Great Gatsby.
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