Interviewer: How much rewriting do you do?
Hemingway: It depends. I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied.
Interviewer: Was there some technical problem there? What was it that had stumped you?
Hemingway: Getting the words right.
– Ernest Hemingway, The Paris Review Interview, 1956. Just one of the writers in our slideshow, 20 Great Writers on the Art of Revision.
Christopher King’s designs for a Derek Raymond series, part of Peter Mendelsund’s 16 Favorite Book Covers of 2012.