Re: (OPE-L) A hypothetical question for Editors and Authors

From: dlaibman@JJAY.CUNY.EDU
Date: Sat Mar 06 2004 - 15:23:39 EST

   It's a loaded question!  I love it.
   It is the nightmare of the well-intentioned acquisitions editor at a book publishing house: when/if the *manuscript of the century* arrives on my desk, will I recognize it??
   I understand your not wanted to edit *Capital*.  But one of my favorite quotes from Marx (letter to Engels, 1862; it is in the selected correspondence) reads: "Am writing on at the book.  Am dragging it out, since these *German dogs* judge the value of a book by its cubic contents."   (From memory; may not be exact.)

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From: "Gerald A. Levy" <Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM>
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2004 10:44 am
Subject: (OPE-L) A hypothetical question for Editors and Authors

> Suppose someone came to you with a proposal to publish
> 3 volumes (yet to be written) on _Capital: A Critique of Political
> Economy_.  The author makes it clear that s/he wants
> to 'eventually' publish books on other, related topics.  Suppose
> you tentatively agree to publish these books.
> Now suppose that the author comes back -- some time later --
> with a manuscript for Volume 1 of _Capital_ which is over
> 700 pages long!   This is _much_ longer than the author-to-be
> indicated when s/he originally discussed the book publishing
> proposal with you.
> QUESTION:  are you going to ask the author to cut the
> size of the manuscript?  If so, to what length?  Would
> you expect the chopped-up, edited-down version to be an
> "improvement"?
> In solidarity, Jerry
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