Monday, April 06, 2009

Posthumous Novels

The author's dead but the books keep coming :

Keroac's (left) "lost" first novel My Brother, The Sea is to be published for the first time.

David Foster Wallace committed suicide last September , but two hundred pages of a new novel, The Pale King, were discovered by his wife, and the book due to be published next year.

Then there's Roberto Bolano ... whose 2666 was published posthumously. Two more novels were found among his papers.

And now, it seems, there are two more Michael Crichton (right) novels set to appear! One is apparently an historical adventure story and the other a techno-thriller.

Being dead shouldn't be considered a handicap at all!

Postscript :

Leave dead authors work alone, says Stephen Moss on The Guardian blog.

6 comments:

Baronhawk said...

It would be interesting to see if Houdini ever makes it back or narrates his attempts at escape from death via a medium... penned from beyond the grave...

Hmm... a thriving business perhaps for mediums to hold creative writing seances with dead authors, I bet Frank Herbert might have a lot to say at which direction Brian Herbert is taking the DUNE universe into.

Hmmm... survival guides for authors... as a legacy and inheritance for your generations... always have a novel tucked away in your notes, in case of premature death.

katztales said...

Very funny baron - I bet there's a lot of hasty editing of notes to create those "leftover" novels :-) Unless I find a romance agent in the UK, US or Australia, I'm going to have 2 completed novels on my PC when I die! Anyone know an agent?

Baronhawk said...

Oui... mon cherie/madame?/mademoiselle? ... ahh romance... that very stuff of Mills & Boon-ish type thingy?

I did a short course on those, er... hemmm plundering my sisters library of Mills & Boon and Harlequin titles during my younger days... cough cough. For purely scientific purposes of course.

Steamy like the above? Or sedate like Austen or Bronte? Ha ha ha.

hari ribut said...

loves the phrase ..being dead is no handicap.....

Baronhawk said...

dead and loving it...

Anonymous said...

And a DJ announcing the news at 4pm on Light and Easy radio station yesterday (7 April 2009) said, "Two novels by Michael Crichton IS to be published after his death."

Gawd....

- Poppadumdum