[PW] Request Mag of Fantasy and SF 1962: Quote: That's not writing--that's type-writing!" Truman Capote

d-lien University of Minnesota d-lien at umn.edu
Wed Sep 9 06:57:48 PDT 2015

The quotation is indeed in the introduction to the (reprint) in the
issue of TC's story "Master Misery," and it is exactly as you have it,
except that the word "type" (first half of "type-writer") is in

While story introductions in F&SF are/were (to my memory) never
bylined, it's my understanding/firm belief that such were always
written by the editor.  In this case, I'm even more certain, since the
editor (formally "Executive Editor") at the time was Avram Danvidson,
whose prose style is unmistakable.

I'll send you a copy of the entire page offlist; enjoy...

Dennis Lien / d-lien at umn.edu

On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 8:51 PM, d-lien University of Minnesota
<d-lien at umn.edu> wrote:
> I've got it (and all other issues of MAGAZINE OF F&SF) -- will dig it
> out and respond tomorrow.
> In general, I've got pretty much all professional sf/f magazines from
> the early 1930s on (except for WEIRD TALES, which I have complete only
> from 1940 on), plus a lot of 1920s issues.  I can even lay my hands on
> each of them, unlike the situation with my books. . .
> Dennis Lien / d-lien at umn.edu
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 7:25 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
> <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
>> This is a different request concerning the quotation attributed to
>> Truman Capote. Dennis Lien was very help with an old issue of
>> Astounding SF, but I do not know if he has issues of Magazine of
>> Fantasy and SF. Below is the citation I am trying to verify on paper.
>> Based on snippets in Google Books I think that the text appeared in
>> the introduction to a story by Capote. I'd like to know who wrote the
>> introduction; presumably the main editor or a guest editor. Scans
>> would be great, but visual verification is ok.
>> Date: July 1962
>> Periodical: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
>> Volume 23
>> Story title: Master Misery
>> Story author: Truman Capote
>> Quote Page 24
>> Quotation appears in the introduction to the story, I think
>> [Begin excerpt]
>> . . . his memorable riposte to Norman Mailer—who, in a TV round-table
>> discussion, was vigorously espousing the
>> Don't-get-it-right-get-it-written-theory--"But, my good man,"
>> protested Mr. T., in a deadly drawl, "that's not writing--that's
>> type-writing!"
>> [End excerpt]
>> Thanks, Garson
>> _______________________________________________
>> Project Wombat - Project-Wombat
>> list at project-wombat.org
>> http://www.project-wombat.org/

More information about the Project-Wombat-Open mailing list