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Experiment 8

Editor's Note

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Editor's Note.

In editing Experiment 8 I tried to make a selection of writing good enough to get both sold and read, small enough to fall inside the limits of our money, and wide enough to flatter a useful number of substantial contributors. To do this I thought it necessary to throw up the policy of just representation, and to refuse any attempt at a fair allocation of space among all the writers; so, from a little over four pounds of paper I compiled Experiment 8 on the revolutionary criterion of literary merit, with the result that eleven of twenty-two writers who submitted work have reached print. I mention this to destroy any suspicion that the smaller number of successful contributors in Experiment 8 reflects a decrease in the number of writers haunting the place or in the volume of writing submitted. There is no such decrease.

John Fowler