"It is the duty of the reader to save the work from the writer".
I came across this quote - or something rather similar - some two years ago. I think it might have been attributed to DH Lawrence - although that's quite uncertain as I can't even remember where I read it - and I'm kicking myself for not having noted it properly, as I've been itching to use it since but can't!
Any clues or flares of recognition? I know it's the sort of statement any critic might have made...
And if it's a madly famous quote, I'll don my embarassment hat but be hugely grateful forever.