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Correspondence among Lothar-Gunther Buchheim and his German and American publishers relating to the publication of his modern classic, "Das Boot", including 23 letters signed by Buchheim, a few of which are also handwritten, and additional documents such as contracts, etc.

Published by 1973 - 1979, 1973
Condition: Very Good
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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This is essentially a small archive of documents and correspondence by and between Piper, Alfred Knopf and the author. In his letters Buchheim reveals himself to be a bit of a prima donna, with no demand too trivial to warrant his attention, and reading between the lines, one can sense that the publishers felt they had their hands full just managing him. One bone of contention raised by Buchheim was the quality of the American translation compared to that of the English translation. It might surprise many that the American and the English publishers would not have joined forces to hire a single translator, but it becomes apparent in the correspondence that the two publishers had quite different views of the novel, with Knopf defending itself from Buchheim's charges of having done an inferior translation by arguing that it went for a more high-toned literary approach to the novel over the presumably more genre novel view of Collins, the London-based publisher, and backing its choice with its superior sales results over Collins. The individuals party to the correspondence, besides Buchheim, were a few of the more illustrious figures in American publishing at the time, including his agent Joan Daves, and at Knopf, Carol Brown Janeway and Robert Gottlieb. Bookseller Inventory # 004686

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Title: Correspondence among Lothar-Gunther Buchheim...

Publisher: 1973 - 1979

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: NA

Book Condition:Very Good

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