A Sketch, including some advice from Jack Vance

You might enjoy this sketch of Jack that I wrote about 5 years ago. In it, you’ll find a piece of Jack’s letter to an editor, in which he suggests that newly-minted Vassar degrees would be well advised to leave his prose alone. It’s a pdf… enjoy.

JV Sketch


  1. töff said,

    September 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Dammit. I’m a pedant. Paul Rhoads and I have been talking about it, but it’s another thing to hear it from Jack’s own mouth (pen).

    Thank you, Bob, for posting this! I’m saving a copy in my Vance archives.

  2. wrycur said,

    September 12, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Bob, I like your sketch a lot. Very well written too. I find myself agreeing with Jack about the variability of certain details of spelling and punctuation; I do it myself, sometimes using the Canadian (English) and sometimes the American spellings.

    I don’t vary as much as Jack, but then, I’m not a genius at writing fiction either. And I am in total agreement with him that editors dassn’t mess with it.

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