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The Insect Dialogues
In 2016, Marc Estrin decided to publish Kafka’s Roach, the unedited version of the manuscript that a dozen years earlier Fred Ramey had acquired, edited, and published under the title Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa. Estrin’s decision raises questions about the editor’s role in the life of a book, the trajectory of one author’s career, and whether a published ...more
Hardcover, First Edition
Published March 1st 2017 by Leaping Man
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A curious document about the editor-author relationship. Estrin's most acclaimed novel was heavily revised and cut under the influence of his editor, Frederick Ramey; years later, Estrin released the original version under his own imprint, with a new title, to supplement rather than replace the earlier edition. In these dialogues, friendly, respectful but not without tension and disagreement, the two discuss what lay behind both the original editorial intervention and the author's decision to re ...more