(urth) Questions . . .

Matthew King automatthew at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 11:05:07 PST 2007

On Nov 27, 2007, at 12:11 PM, Pedro Pereira wrote:

> If you read Wolfe's interviews its perfectely clear that he did not  
> plan out the whole Book from the start. It began as a short story  
> that eventually grew out into 4 volumes.

Summary from http://templetongate.tripod.com/genewolfe.htm of a  
relevant bit from  _The Castle of the Otter_ (which I own, but don't  
care to run upstairs for):

Wolfe reports, though, that he had the four volumes completed in  
second draft only before he went back to the first book and gave it  
its final polish. This was done in order for all the intricacies of  
the plot to work out to his satisfaction in the final book. One of  
the most amazing aspects about the whole ordeal is the confidence  
shown in Wolfe's ability to "deliver the goods" by both Kidd and  
Hartwell. Contracts for the tetralogy and a short story collection  
were signed by all parties before either agent, editor, or publisher  
had read one word of the work in question.

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