Featured Image for This scathing rejection letter from 1928 is the most beautifully brutal thing you’ll ever read
Exhale

This scathing rejection letter from 1928 is the most beautifully brutal thing you’ll ever read

One of the hardest thing about being a creative person is showing your work to others.

Artists have all faced rejection in some form or another but now the rejection letter to end all rejection letters has emerged.

It comes courtesy of Letters of Note, a website and Twitter account devoted to interesting letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and memos.

The rejection was written in 1928 by Angus and Robertson, an Australian publishing company and is addressed to F.C Meyer, an aspiring Kiwi poet.

The letter says Meyer’s work is “simply awful” and ends with the comment that they have “never seen worse”. Here it is in all its savage glory:

I don’t need to tell you about the friendly rivalry that exists between Australians and New Zealanders but if you aren’t convinced mention the Underarm Bowling Incident of 1981 to a Kiwi and watch the sparks fly.

Maybe this age-old rivalry had something to do with the brutal rejection. Were the Aussie publishers being too hard on the New Zealander?

It seems not, because someone dug up some of Meyer’s verses and, they’re, well, rubbish.

In an article from 2001 celebrating the most awful poetry in New Zealand, Meyer’s name came up as a possible contender for “Poet Nauseate”.

Here’s a sampling from Meyer’s “My Pet Dog”:

“Pluto! come here my dearest little dog,
Don’t get mixed up with every rogue,
And do not run into a fog…”

And another from “Maori Maiden”:

“I think – I understand thee well,
Rub my nose now for a spell!”

Yep, Angus and Robertson did indeed have a point.

Oh well, at least there is kind of a happy ending to this story.

The rejection letter was by no means enough to stop Meyer who did eventually manage to get his book “Jewels of Mountains and Snowlines of New Zealand” published.

Meyer may have been a crap poet, but you just have to admire his tenacity.

get rekt
Shocked guy with letter

About the author

Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

FAEM (Found At E Minor) is a reader-generated video initiative from Lost At E Minor. From cool tech ideas, to inspiring art, music, travel and more. If you have a video (like this, for instance) you think we should feature, then tell us about it!

Leave a comment