straightening out the English

[This post of a letter in today's NYTimes is for Otto, wherever you are.]


To the Editor:

In "Forget Ideas, Mr. Author. What Kind of Pen Do You Use?" (Writers on Writing, July 29), Stephen Fry said he did not know of any writers who used dictation. Barbara Cartland once told me that she dictated all of her books into a machine while lying on a couch. And then a "nice young man" came over and straightened out the English.
FRANCIS MURRAY
New York, July 30, 2002