Private: “You have spoiled a fine intrigue with extraneous matter”

LanguageHat takes a close look at some of the changes an American publisher required A.S. Byatt to make before agreeing to pick up Possession. The novel was first published in England. (Via Moorish Girl.)

An article about the dispute over George Sand’s final resting place is titled, predictably, “Ashes to ashes, Sand to sand.” “To remove her bodily from [her country home] seems like taking Charlotte and Emily Brontë from Haworth,” Gillian Tindall says, just before asking, “How did such an idea get off the ground?” (Emphasis supplied.)