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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On Posthumous Publishing

Unless a book was in the publishing pipeline at the time of the author's death, I do not believe an author's unpublished work should be published after his or her death. Whether or not a book is published should be in the hands of the author and no one else. To prevent the posthumous publishing of his or her work, the author should destroy all writing deemed unsuitable for public consumption. I believe this should also apply to journals, letters, notes, and other documents pertaining to a writer's work. I just piled up all of my papers in my backyard and tossed a lit match into the heap. I enjoyed watching my unpublished stuff go up in flames. It's too bad I can't retroactively burn the manuscripts of some of my published work.

Thornton P. Knowles

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