Late-1914, an aspiring young writer named Max Fedder sent a copy of his manuscript, "A Journal of One Who Is to Die," to Jack London
, the author responsible for such works as The Call of the Wild
, White Fang
, and, most relevantly, Martin Eden
-- the bleak story of a young man battling to become a writer.
The brutally honest response he received can be seen below. Letters of Note: You must deliver marketable goods