Quotation by James Thurber

Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, "How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?" and avoid "How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?"
James Thurber (1894–1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Memo, 1959, to New Yorker. New York Times Book Review (December 4, 1988).
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