Ray Bradbury on rewriting great books from memory

Ray Bradbury once received a fan letter from an art historian proposing “‘a sequel to Fahrenheit 451 in which all the great books are reprinted from memory. Wouldn’t it be that all would be mis-remembered, none would come forth in their original garb? Wouldn’t they be longer, shorter, taller, fatter, disfigured, or more beautiful? Instead of angels in the alcove, might they be gargoyles off the roof?'”

At the time, Bradbury dismissed the idea, but he reconsiders it fifty years later:

What a literary parlour game to list your ten favourite novels, and, in great detail, outline their plots, then renew your acquaintance with these to find out how you have scarred, beautified, or mutilated them.


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