Sunday, March 8, 2015
As you know, I was the first person in the world to break the story of Harper Lee's upcoming sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Or I was nearly first, probably. The point is that I was in on that very early. I was also quickly alerted to the fact that a new, illustrated Dr. Seuss story has been found and will soon be published as well. I might have received a text message from Dr. Seuss's widow, only I don't have a phone, so it might have been a postcard she sent me. The thing is, I'm kind of a magnet for publishing news, working as I do at a library, so it has been no surprise to me that there is a rash of exciting attic finds sweeping the publishing world. I myself have scooped up some pretty good literary treasures at garage and estate sales that you'll be seeing hitting the Amazon bestseller lists over the next year or so.
I'm most excited by a manuscript I came across by J. D. Salinger. No, I'm afraid it's not a sequel to Catcher in the Rye, but it is related to Catcher in the Rye. It's the same story, but told from the perspective of Ackley. You remember Ackley, the kid who barges into Holden's room and cuts his fingernails and lets the clippings fall onto the floor? He's only in the start of Catcher in the Rye, but he has an interesting point of view in this new book that I think you'll enjoy.
I've also got a nice, late, lost James Joyce novella. It doesn't have any vowels though.
And I have four loose poems by Robert Frost that take place between when he comes to a fork in the road and when he chooses what path to take. It kind of fills in a lot.
Of course, it wasn't easy to find this stuff. I really had to pester some super old people into giving them up.