I have to concur.. while I can appreciate what Mr. Jones has attempted I personally feel it is a subjective endeavor at best and that it should remain as the author had it in its original presentation. Lovecraft's work was returned to it's author's intended presentation while in this case I somewhat doubt Mr. James would be overjoyed with the revisions.. (as you can see I don't use a prevalence of paragraphs myself, lol)
This is a difficult topic. I looked into a James edition I have, and frankly, whole pages without any paragraphes are difficult to read. I can understand the decision.
On the other hand, editing a classic? Difficult.
Of course this is also a question of what an editor can do for a writer. Sometimes an outsiders view can help to make things better. This doesn´t excuse the treatment the magazine writers got back then when the editors did what they like with the material without asking the creators.
Steve sent me the file to A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS and looking at the others on the Amazon preview, I think it's a bold move - but he pulls it off. As much as I love reading the works of James, I was quite often confused by it (blame me schoolin' guv!) - this makes it more cleaner and I don't have any problems with what he did. In the same way I don't mind how ST Joshi prepared corrected versions of Lovecraft's work.
I've just read this back, t'was written after morning dose of drugs to keep me right, I don't even know WHAT I was trying to say about ST and Lovecraft, but I'm sure my intentions were good
Post by Michael Connolly on Aug 9, 2012 12:34:51 GMT
There already has been a competition to complete "The Game of Bear". The Ghost & Scholars M.R. James Newsletter 15 (May 2009) contains the text of winning entry and the two runners-up. I found them all worth reading. It'll be interesting to see what kids come up with.
While Curious Warnings has been delayed there is a preview of the Kindle version on Amazon. The text has been re-paragraphed and re-punctuated. While I am against this, I do admit that the pastiche parable that M.R. James included in "Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance" could have done with rewriting. It seems to go on forever.
I think that lends it a historical verisimilitude. Those Jacobean God-botherers did go on at length.
Post by Michael Connolly on Dec 2, 2016 12:59:22 GMT
Pan Macmillan has acquired the independent publisher Collector’s Library and re-launched as Macmillan Collector’s Library. These very nice and well-produced pocket-size hardbacks include a new edition of Stoker's Dracula (14 July 2016) and M.R. James's Complete Ghost Stories (26 January 2017).