A Question: The Author’s Cut?

A few weeks ago I sent the ‘author’s cut’ version of Criticism of Heaven off to the publishers – CCLM Publishing, in the Sino-Christian Studies Monograph Series. This is the full, original version, with the 100,000 words I originally had to cut restored to the text. Whole slabs of chapters are now restored, the original, longish conclusion is back, the book has been carefully edited and various earlier slips corrected, etc. Anyway, I had a question from the typesetter: he wonders whether the title, Criticism of Heaven: The Author’s Cut, is a good idea. Or rather, he is not sure about ‘The Author’s Cut’ bit. I must admit I like it, but (most) suggestions appreciated.

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15 thoughts on “A Question: The Author’s Cut?

  1. Does it have alternative ending(s)? Special outside-the-narrative bonus features?

    More seriously, how about “Unabridged” if your press is twitchy about “The Author’s Cut”?

  2. That “author’s cut” is good. Yet “Criticism of Heaven: The Unexpurgated Edition” might possibly be more salacious. It has that sort of D.H. Lawrence ring to it.

    But if you get them to add “Banned in Poland” in red lettering across the top, with a yellow hammer and sickle substituting for the “o” in Poland, that would be a doozy.

    1. The catch that I would lose the Ridley Scott allusion and all that goes with it – cyborgs, post-apocalyptic cities, a youthful Harrison Ford as the blade runner, and even the great if somewhat over-drugged Philip K. Dick.

      1. ‘Banned in Poland’ is good, very good, plus a ‘quotation’ from Rupert Murdoch to the effect that this sort of scurrilous rubbish brought him down in the first place.

  3. I’m waiting for reading the unabridged version. I take you did not integrate the Bloopers as they do nowadays with DVDs. However, often strange thoughts can be most stimulating. Joost

    1. I have done my best to eliminate bloopers, such as the idea of ‘anti-medecine’ in which one shares one’s diseases with others in hospitals while banishing doctors (from an early Eagleton).

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