Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Recycling

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 10 Jul 2001

I don't call recall the name of the guy, but there's this professor whose speciality is identifying the authors of unknown works. He ID's William Shakespeare as the author of a eulogy once based in part on what Will cannibalized from his writing. I don't have a list of names or works handy, but this is pretty much standard from what I've read in literature so why wouldn't mystery authors do it to? Actually, one example comes to mind is Raymond Chandler (or was it Dashiel Hammett)? I've introductions that comment on how such and such a short story was turned into such and such a novel.

A writer data mines within their own body of work ... so what?


----- Original Message ----- From: "George Upper" <> To: <>

> --- Graham Powell <> wrote:
> > Didn't Block cannibalize "By Dawn's Early Light"
> > into "When The Sacred
> > Ginmill Closes"?
> Yes, Block did do that. I don't think, however, that
> he actually published the short story until after the
> novel came out. I could be wrong about that, but it
> seems to me that I read something to that effect in
> the intro to one of his short story collections.
> Incidentally, any fan of HB material who has not read
> Block is really missing out.

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