Letter 14 from Waguih Ghali to Diana Athill on December 10, 1963
Ghali is surprised by how seriously Diana took his criticism of her writings. He did not realize she was so sensitive to criticism, and if he knew would have been more clear in his criticism because he truly believes her to be a real, great writer. He does not even consider himself a writer and for that reason also she should not take his comments too seriously. The Captain at Ghali's work continues to to treat Ghali very well, almost permanently including Ghali in his insurance business on the side, while also being promoted at his proper job. Ghali is worried about the mysterious Pan that is sending Diana letters. He has had a premonition that leads him to believe that Pan is evil and tells Diana to act carefully. Knopf has sent Ghali a contract and he is having trouble still contacting Andre Deutsch who is in Africa. He recounts an exchange he had with a French woman that begin as hostile until the two helped each other and learned they could both speak French and they eventually went out together. He ends with thanking Diana for the gifts she has sent him including nuts and a book.
Letter, 3 pagesPersonal names mentioned in the letter: Michael; Pan; Barry Reckord; George Faludy; Flora Papastavrou; Barbara; Anthony; Knopf; Knowles; Andre Deutsch;