Jan 7: On this day in 1877, a 15-year-old by the name of Edith Jones wrapped up her very first novel — Fast and Loose: A Novelette. Reviews weren’t so good, calling “the whole thing a fiasco” and asking, “Who is fast? Who is loose? … We prophesy 128 pages of racy trash & are glad to think we shall be wasting our time agreeably.”
The author of the book? She’d grow up to become Edith Wharton.
And those harsh reviewers? They’d also grow up to become Edith Wharton. Young Edith rather delightfully wrote biting reviews of her own book… because what’s a book without some jacket copy? And what’s an author without some haters?
Props to A Reader’s Book of Days for that gem. And mad props to Edith for those wacky lapdogs and that epic hat.
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