William Apt billyapt at gmail.com
Wed Jun 30 22:23:18 PDT 2021


I have only read the excised chapter. None of the other edits. While that chapter is interesting, I think Ms. Ridler was right to remove it. To me, it just does not quite fit. I would not want to see with Marine Venus what happened with Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. In that instance a “restored” edition was brought out a few years ago by Scribner. It is awful, showing only what a mess the original was before it was so skillfully edited into the 1964 edition we know today.

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> On Jul 1, 2021, at 2:13 AM, Kennedy Gammage <gammage.kennedy at gmail.com> wrote:
> OK this is actually just a trial balloon to the membership of the ILDS, of which I am currently in good standing. Larry’s anecdotal literary ‘stock’ has been gradually declining in value since its peak – despite some recent boosts like the Durrells of Corfu on TV. Not sure if that sold any books…
> Though that is a metric – right? Faber continues to be his publisher…
> Let me cut to the chase – I think the ILDS should hire a lobbyist to reach out to Faber on Larry’s behalf. Right? We haven’t been doing that…
> My thought is – let’s lobby them to publish a director’s cut of REFLECTIONS ON A MARINE VENUS. Restoring the hated and reviled Ridler edits.  I know she was a lovely woman and gifted poet but…This could be a major publishing event! I would love to read the unexpurgated version and you would too. Many new potential readers, if it is aggressively-published and publicized!
> Not sure what our budget is to hire the lobbyist. Paul will know – maybe several hundred Euros for a single influential luncheon with the appropriate person.  The lobbyist should be universally known and popular at Faber. Maybe an IT professional or other problem-solver… It’s time for Faber to wake up and step-up! To pump some needed adrenalin into one of their greatest legacy back catalogs: LGD!
> Anyway – my tuppence….
> Best wishes and all respect to our fellow Durrellians - 
> Kennedy Gammage
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