feasting on history

wtf? the idiot grandson, who controls Hemingway’s literary heritage doesn’t like what Papa said about his grandmama. So his solution is to take a pair of scissors to the manuscript of a Movable Feast and remove the parts he doesn’t like and insert some other writings from he does. Which is nutty enough but the guy convinced Scribners to go along with this insane butchery. Scribners published the book originally furthering tinkering with the text because each Hemingway generation is nuttier than the last is just wrong. but don’t take my word for it:

Worth reading – Don’t Touch a Moveable Feast. the NYT Op-E piece from A.E. Hotchner, who of ALL people should be heard on this, calls to task this asshattery. If you ask me Scribners comes off as really fucking desperate.

0 Responses to feasting on history

  1. Dirk Gifford July 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    I think that Scribner's will be able to get a new copyright for the revised version of the book. Maybe that's one of the motivations.

    That's what happened in the 1980s when the publisher of James Joyce's Ulyssess published a revision of that book. It was an opportunity to create a new copyright and keep the work out of the public domain longer.

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