The folks over at Flavorwire compiled a list of the harshest rejection letters received by famous authors. The list includes literary luminaries like Gertrude Stein, Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Plath, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jack Kerouac. But my absolute favorite is the letter you see above, written by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to his biographer William McKeen.
The letter reads:
— McKeen, you shit-eating freak. I warned you not to write that vicious trash about me —
Now you better get fitted for a black eyepatch in case one of yours gets gouged out by a bushy-haired stranger in a dimly-lit parking lot. How fast can you learn Braille?
You are scum.
Something tells me Thompson was none too happy with how he was presented in McKeen’s text. Ha!
Check out the entire list over at Flavorwire.