Don’t Mention the Mess and Other Polite Ways of Dealing with Authors

In case you were wondering how to interact with an authoress, this etiquette book from 1839 has some helpful suggestions, including accepting the state of an authoress’s writing desk:

At least I’m not the only authoress with an untidy desk. Make sure to click through for more helpful suggestions.

(via Paul Collins, H/T The Paris Review)

2 thoughts on “Don’t Mention the Mess and Other Polite Ways of Dealing with Authors

  1. Hehe this reminded me of a time when I did cleaning to earn cash as a teenager. I tidied a giant table of paperwork into a neat pile, really chuffed with my efforts. The owner was not impressed!

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