Re: Unfinished Fleming Manuscript Rumour about Kingsley Amis' Colonel Sun?
BTW, I have for sale a grocery list handwritten by Fleming himself with one page that officially vouches for its authenticity!
I think I've seen that list:
Two bottles vodka, made from grain
One bottle Kina Lillet
Two dozen eggs
Nah, can't be his!
The additions of 6 boxes of 100-count Morland cigarettes and lighter petrol would prove it authentic beyond a doubt!
Still waiting for that grassy knoll proof...
With respect, the grassy knoll theory had been purported by multiple witness testimonies, but it did not conclusively satisfy the Warren Commission’s findings. Per the JFK movie, perhaps we’ll find out the truth in 2038 when the National Archives declassify CIA and FBI documentation on the assassination
But because there’s only one page of minor suggested changes, no ghost-editing was ever involved…what geniuses...
If Amis had ghost-written the book, why would he have submitted a single page of changes alongside a typescript that had corrections in Fleming's own handwriting that matched the final text of the novel? Furthermore, if Amis had ghostwritten the book, wouldn't we have turned up evidence of this by now, considering that 50 years have passed? There's no credible evidence to believe that Amis ghost-wrote TMWTGG. That theory now has the same credibility as as the ones about 9-11 being an inside job or the moon landing being faked in my back yard.
Now, you are being facetious with comparisons with 9/11 and Moon Landing conspiracy theories, for which a wealth of documentation exists to prove the veracity of both events, just as the same documentation can potentially provide solid and reasoned counter-arguments…and with all of that none hold water and those conspiracy theories were sufficiently debunked.
The issue here, on the other hand, is a lack of sufficient documentation, or at least a lack of access to it. Think for a moment that you are Jonathan Cape and realizing that much more work was needed for TMWTGG. From a business standpoint, you intentionally bring in a qualified author who is a Fleming expert to not just "look at it" but to actually provide more than just a grammatical and continuity polish, a situation that will raise red flags with the publishing world and more importantly, the public, with serious questions about the bonafides of Fleming's last novel for which his authorship is a critical attraction for readers.
To quell any doubts, what would you do if you were the publisher? Logically, you would destroy any paper trail about your solution and put out there diversionary apparatuses, and this single page of Amis' "recommendations" to accompany one of the final typescripts fits the bill. Is that too fantastic? If you were an astute publisher and if that were the situation you faced (a final manuscript that falls short of publication quality), you would be foolish to not consider such measures.
As I said, in short of us seeing an expert summation of the entire manuscript, not just mere auction blurbs, can you reasonably rule out any other scenario that differs with what's being officially purported? Again, I’m not stating that my assertions are absolutely true, but unless otherwise disproven or ruled out, it remains a reasonable possibility.