An interesting story about a nobody
February 2, 2011 11:17 AM Subscribe
Writer anecdote filter. Who was the writer in this little story?
posted by LonnieK to writing & language (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In so many words: An accomplished British novelist and a companion were sitting in their club, looking out on a rainy London street. They watched a frumpy middle-aged businessman shuffle up to a bus stop.
The companion said "Now there's a dull life. You probably couldn't think of anything interesting to write about that fellow."
The writer said "To the contrary. If you could perfectly capture that man's hopes and dreams and disappointments, you'd have the greatest seller in the history of literature."
Who was the writer? Where did this story come from?