O’Brian family members outraged at publication of unfinished manuscript

The release of Master & Commander, a film adapation of Patrick O’Brian’s seafaring novels, has increased demand for the author’s books. Now his U.S. publisher and British agent plan to publish a fragment of the book O’Brian was writing when he died. Family members are livid:

Nikolai Tolstoy, O’Brian’s stepson and father of four of the beneficiaries, said the book was at a “crude” stage and to publish it would be a “travesty” which the reclusive and perfectionist author would have loathed.

(Via Publishers Lunch.)