Q: "Your review ... will shortly be behind me"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jul 7 23:35:36 UTC 2009

To whom is the following (or similar) attributed?

"Dear Sir, I am sitting in the smallest room in my house with your
review in front of me; it will shortly be behind me."

Some say it was Brahms, responding to a bad review by Hanslick, but I
think I've heard it attributed to a writer, and the Internet (as
usual) has several opinions.


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