American writer Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946) received the following quaint rejection letter from editor A. J. Fifield:
I am only one, only one, only. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain. Only one being. Being only one, having only one pair of eyes, having only one time, having only one life, I cannot read your MS three or four times. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one.
She remarked that the writing style of the letter astounded and bothered her a the same time. No one could blame her, I suppose.
Ann La Farge, Gertrude Stein, 1988