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The Complicated Backstory to a New Children's Book by Mark Twain
10 points by eugene2012https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-complicated-back...ated-backstory-to-a-new-childrens-book-by-mark-twain
josephpmay - 28 minutes ago
They could have so easily prevented the controversy by labeling it
"based on a story by Mark Twain" instead of "By Mark Twain"
MrZongle2 - 50 minutes ago
FTA: "?Right away we had to figure out how willing we were to
collaborate with Twain, and tell him, potentially, when he was
wrong,? Philip said. ?... He [Twain] can, on one page, seem
progressive well beyond his years?he can seem like he?s talking
right out of 2017, or 2050, even?and then the very next page he?ll
say something that makes you smack yourself on the forehead and
say, ?I can?t work with this guy.? ?"Ugh. Is anyone else put off
by the modern-day collaborator, based upon this article?
shkkmo - 32 minutes ago
Yeah, it seemed like they wrote their own story loosely based on
his notes and then used the deceptive "by Mark Twain" label for
extra sales, especially given that they put him in as a
character. It seems like "based on a bedtime story by Mark Twain"
would have been much fairer.