Helen DeWitt Trashes Andrew Wylie on Portfolio.com

Page Six is reporting a beef between Andrew Wylie and author Helen DeWitt, who took issue with the literary agent’s success at managing foreign rights—normally considered one of Wylie’s strong suits—in a letter posted to the comments section of Lloyd Grove’s recent interview with Mr. Wylie for Portfolio.com.

“AW’s account of his agency bears no resemblance to my experience of the service offered,” Ms. DeWitt wrote in her letter, which was posted on Christmas. Ms. DeWitt wrote that she signed on with Mr. Wylie because she thought he could help her manage the sixteen foreign contracts she’d scored for her book The Last Samurai, but found that the rights people continued contacting her directly: “The chaos engendered by this style of organization drove me to a complete breakdown.”