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Monday, March 24, 2008

This Week In Ignoring Dead Authors’ Wishes

posted by on March 24 at 13:00 PM

Before Charles Dickens died, he proclaimed in his will that he wanted “no monument, memorial or testimonial whatever.” Now the Dickens family wants to overturn their great-great-grandfather’s dying wishes for no memorials. Because after 200 years with no official statues in the U.K., nobody in the world remembers who Charles Dickens was.

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If you want something done right do it yourself.

There should be a registry where expiring writers can hook up with the many passionate defenders of dead authors wishes. You can't trust your friends to burn your papers.

Hell, money talks, for a fee I will burn your papers. Leave them to me in your will along with $1000 plus reasonable travel expenses & I'll burn them up without even thinking for a moment of the judgement of the ages.

Posted by daniel | March 24, 2008 1:42 PM

come, come...everyone is familiar with "A Christmas Carol", at the very least for the Mr Magoo version.

and thanks to South Park and that dreadful modern adaptation with Gywneth Paltrow, most folks are familiar with "Great Expectations"

Posted by michael strangeways | March 24, 2008 2:38 PM


Posted by arduous | March 24, 2008 3:30 PM

I wish the dead people would mind their own damn business.

Posted by Big Adventure Steve | March 24, 2008 4:25 PM

Why should I care what a dead author thought?

Posted by King Rat | March 24, 2008 6:18 PM

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