Forwarded from a friend
RE: Fascinating NY Times story
Ah, the importance of reviews! They seem a serious matter from OUR point
of view, but I guess we just don't have a sense of humor, unlike Nora
Rawlinson. If you missed this item in today's NY Times, read on!
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS WOULD LOVE THIS
A year ago, Publishers Weekly magazine panned a book as an "earnest
ultimately flimsy narrative." Last month, it raved about a book with a
bittersweet ending and smooth writing.
The two reviews were of the same book.
Last year, copies were distributed to reviewers under the title
Than It Looks." But the publisher, Hastings House, delayed publication.
The author, THOMAS HAUSER, asked for the manuscript back and took it
Lyle Stuart and his firm, Barricade Books. Mr. Stuart changed only the
title before publishing it as "Mark Twain Remembers."
"This is so typical," said Mr. Stuart, who called this year's review
favorable that even I would have been embarassed to write it."
NARA RAWLINSON, the editor in chief of Publishers Weekly, laughted
she was told about the two reviews. "Oh, how interesting," she said. "I
think it's fascinating. I think everyone knows that different people
different takes on books."