I am very excited to announce a new blog series: LETTERS TO DEAD AUTHORS
It will be a weekly(ish) series in which today’s writers compose Letters – homages, lamentations, arguments, thank-yous, etc. – to Dead Authors.
This new series is inspired by Andrew Lang’s 1866 book (photographed above and below) that I found in my campus library, and is in celebration of my forthcoming book that includes letters to the dead author, Božena Němcová. (The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press in fall 2016.)
The first letter will come from MICHAEL MARTONE and will post this weekend.
WHY DEAD AUTHORS?
In this 1866 letter to the already dead W. M. Thackeray, Andrew Lang writes of all the things that stand in the way of writing to living authors – such as being accused of being a “parasite” or of “vex[ing] a rival”- and makes the case for the freedom he feels in writing letters to dead authors: