It might be worth considering what you want archived. From Knopf’s archives at the University of Texas come the following judgments:
- Jorge Luis Borges: “Utterly untranslatable”
- Isaac Bashevis Singer: “It’s Poland and the rich Jews again”
- Anaïs Nin: “There is no commercial advantage in acquiring her, and, in my opinion, no artistic”
- Sylvia Plath: “There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice”
- Jack Kerouac: “His frenetic and scrambling prose perfectly express the feverish travels of the Beat Generation. But is that enough? I don’t think so”
- Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita): “Too racy”
- James Baldwin (Giovanni’s Room): “Hopelessly bad”
This was published in a NYT article, but I got it from Three Percent.
Read more about rejection.
(BTW, on the subject of rejection, Madeleine L’Engle’s recent obituaries contained the information that her A Wrinkle in Time was rejected by 26 publishers.)