I suppose you have read Jacques Barzun’s fine attack on them [Behind the Blue Pencil]? To attempt to tell Barzun how to write demands the temerity of ignorance, but that is what they would be full of, if they were not full of Doctor Dock’s banana shit. . . . .
— Robertson Davies to Horace W. Davenport, April 20, 1986, in Judith Skelton Grant, ed., For Your Eye Alone: The Letters of Robertson Davies, 1999.