Who cannot relate to Dick Wimmer, the writer whose obituary (he was 74) was splashed across many major news outlets this past week? The itinerant English college instructor’s first book, Irish Wine, was rejected 162 times.
Horatio Alger fans come closer: Wimmer’s book was accepted the 163rd time and to good reviews.
It was followed by two other books forming the Irish Wine trilogy, which itself was followed by anthologies edited by Wimmer on baseball and basketball.
May he now rest in peace, next to the wary editors who rejected him.
Mr. Wimmer, who after 25 years of submissions and more than 150 rejections finally got that book published — to very positive reviews — died on May 18 at his home in Agoura Hills, Calif., his son said. He was 74.
Saying that agents and publishers had spurned him 162 times, Mr. Wimmer laid claim to being the most-rejected published novelist in history. Finally, in 1989, “Irish Wine” was published by Mercury House. –New York Times, May 24, 2011