“… like a rare and tropical bird [his] plumage was a wonder to behold…”: A Slightly Foxed limited edition re-issue of Erdal’s quietly uproarious memoir of working – and ghost-writing on an epic scale – for Naim Attallah, the publisher. “‘You can call me what you like,’ he said. ‘I shall call you Beloved – all the girls who work for me are Beloved’…”
A marvellous anthology of letters to seven generations of publishers; the list of correspondents is long and includes Byron, Austen, Darwin, Thackeray and Leigh Fermor. Some of the delights in these pages are animosities, as well as friendships.
His name is not familiar, but as the trusted editor of D H Lawrence, Conrad, Galsworthy, Henry Green, T E Lawrence, Edward Thomas and many others, Garnett is in fact one of the great influences in C20th British lit. This is the first biography of him.