Thank You, Tom Guinzburg
My original manuscript for Gates of Fire, back in 1996, was 802 pages long.
My agent told me he had no chance of selling it unless I could cut three hundred.
Here’s the story:
P.S. A couple of biographical notes re Tom Guinzburg: he was the first managing editor of The Paris Review … and he was awarded a Purple Heart as a Marine on Iwo Jima.