Ernest Hemingway's contract with Scribner's contained an important clause prohibiting the publisher from changing even a single word in his manuscripts without permission. While reading Death in the Afternoon
one day, Scribner's famed editor Maxwell Perkins encountered the word "f---" and decided to solicit the opinion of the firm's chief, Charles Scribner. Scribner, however, was about to leave the office. "We will have to discuss this fully when I come back from lunch," the boss declared, whereupon he produced a notepad entitled "What To Do Today," scribbled the single word, "f---," and left for lunch.