Margaret Atwood Declines Blurb Requests With Carrollian Flair

Blogger Kirsten Reach shares and comments on the with form letter that author Margaret Atwood uses to decline all requests for promotional “blurbs” for book dust jackets.  While neither Lewis Carroll nor Robert Southey is credited for the inspiration, Ms. Atwood’s response is clearly a clever riff on “Father William.”  And Carroll’s beloved “Father William” was of course itself a riff on Southey’s original, decidedly moralistic and non-comical effort, “The Old Man’s Comforts and How He Gained Them.”

To read the post and Ms. Atwood’s pithy and poetical blurb refusal letter, click me.