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Stet

(2000)
An Editor's Life
A non fiction book by

 
 
For nearly five decades Diana Athill edited (nursed, coerced, coaxed) some of the most celebrated writers in the English language - among them V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Mordecai Richler, and Norman Mailer. A founding editor of the prestigious publishing house Andr Deutsch Ltd., Athill takes us on a guided tour through the corridors of literary London, offering a keenly observed, devilishly funny, and always compassionate insider's portrait of the glories and pitfalls of making books.

Stet is spiced with candid insights about the type of people who make brilliant writers and ingenious publishers and the idiosyncrasies of both. It brims with Athill's memories of serving as confidante, midwife, and sometime therapist to great literary figures: Nobody who has read Jean Rhys' first four novels can suppose that she was good at life, but no one who never met her could know how very bad she was at it; "It was my job to listen to [Naipaul's] unhappiness and do what I could to ease it, which would not have been too bad if there had been anything I could do." Most of all it is Athill's voice that captivates - intimate, lively, generous, humorous, the voice of a favorite aunt who is as warm and big-hearted as she is worldly and irreverent.

Packed with delights, Stet is about the world of books, about people who write them and the process of making them, a world dissected with sharp and irresistible honesty. It is an invaluable contribution to the world of literature.

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March 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stet: An Editor's Life
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 0-8021-1683-3 / 978-0-8021-1683-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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July 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: Stet: A Memoir
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 1-86207-388-0 / 978-1-86207-388-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stet
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 1-84708-427-3 / 978-1-84708-427-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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August 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stet: A Memoir
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 1-86207-440-2 / 978-1-86207-440-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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January 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stet: An Editor's Life
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 0-8021-3862-4 / 978-0-8021-3862-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : MP3 CD

Title: Stet: An Editor's Life
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 1-5226-3773-7 / 978-1-5226-3773-8
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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December 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stet: An Editor's Life
Author(s): Diana Athill
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December 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Stet: An Editor's Life
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Stet: An Editor's Life
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: Grove Press
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April 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Stet
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: Granta Books
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