Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Grandson Also Revises

A new edition of Ernest Hemingway's posthumously published A Moveable Feast features revisions by a non-impartial editor.

This new edition [...] has been extensively reworked by a grandson who doesn’t like what the original said about his grandmother, Hemingway’s second wife.

The grandson has removed several sections of the book’s final chapter and replaced them with other writing of Hemingway’s that the grandson feels paints his grandma in a more sympathetic light. Ten other chapters that roused the grandson’s displeasure have been relegated to an appendix, thereby, according to the grandson, creating “a truer representation of the book my grandfather intended to publish.” [Link]
Future editions of Hemingway's earlier works will be stripped of all references to alcohol consumption, clinical depression, and self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

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