Monday, March 21, 2011
A Missed Opportunity to Treat Zane Grey Seriously as a Writer Subjected to Expurgations by the Man who Truncated THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE
I bought this book 28 November 2006 expecting great things from it, for from Jon Tuska I had learned that Ripley Hitchcock, the expurgator of Stephen Crane, had taken equally arrogant liberties with the texts of Zane Grey. Now, Hitchcock made the Grey texts saleable to a mass audience, as he did the text of THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE, but anyone who wants to know what Stephen Crane wrote cannot go to the Appleton editions edited by Hitchcock and anyone who wants to know what Zane Grey wrote cannot go to the Harper editions edited by the same Hitchcock.
In a comment below I will quote some of what I wrote to Jon Tuska after reading Pauly.