Uncollecting Cheever: The Family of John Cheever vs. Academy Chicago Publishers / Edition 384

Uncollecting Cheever: The Family of John Cheever vs. Academy Chicago Publishers / Edition 384

by Anita Miller
     
 

How did a volume of 68 short stories by John Cheever - previously published, but never published as a collection - ignite four years of litigation with as many shocking reversals of fortune as a Grisham thriller? Who were the players and what were the real issues behind this precedent-setting case, a poisonous imbroglio lasting from 1988 - 1992 that split the… See more details below

Overview

How did a volume of 68 short stories by John Cheever - previously published, but never published as a collection - ignite four years of litigation with as many shocking reversals of fortune as a Grisham thriller? Who were the players and what were the real issues behind this precedent-setting case, a poisonous imbroglio lasting from 1988 - 1992 that split the publishing world, ran up million-dollar legal fees, and ended with an Illinois Supreme Court decision that could radically alter how publishers and authors do business everywhere? As only a participant could, Anita Miller leads us through the complicated, contradictory, and often riveting proceedings behind four judicial rulings in state and federal courts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742515345
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Prelude: "This Is Really Easy"1
2"A Splendid Idea"5
3"I Suppose You Could Say They Haven't Been Delivered"12
4"A Perfect Agent for the Eighties"23
5"John's Poor Little Stories"28
6"Serious Inequities in the Contract"32
7"They're My Only Children"40
8"Cheever Clout"47
9"Franklin Thinks Maybe the Cheevers Won't Like It"50
10"The Cheevers' Concern about Premature Publicity"55
11"It's Matter of Honor"58
12"The Work Is of Grossly Substandard Quality"64
13Hearing in White Plains: "They Are Not the Stories of John Cheever"70
14"It Competes Directly with the Published Literature of John Cheever"82
15"I Want You to Publish This Book"85
16The Royce Hotel: "You Won't Sell as Many Books as Random House"90
17"As If This Were Dirty Laundry .... Gossip"100
18Mary Cheever's Deposition: "I Would Like This Creep to Finish"107
19Franklin Dennis's Deposition: "I'm Going to Ask the Witness Not to Speak with His Attorney"115
20Susan Cheever's Deposition: "They Are Essentially Package Engineers Rather Than Publishers"131
21Ben Cheever's Deposition: "I Don't Know a Lot about What Is in This Xerox"141
22Andrew Wylie's Deposition: "What Was the Man's Name?"147
23Evidentiary Hearing, White Plains, Day 1, A.M.: "Is That the One They Made into a Movie?"154
24Evidentiary Hearing, White Plains, Day 1, P.M.: "Which President Were You Speaking Of?"171
25Evidentiary Hearing, Day 2, A.M.: "Who Is the Beggar?"184
26Evidentiary Hearing, Day 2, P.M.: "Do You Contend That She Knew What She Was Doing When She Did That?"205
27Interlude between Courtrooms: "The Second Thing They Do, Is They Come before You in a Judge Bash"214
28Goettel's Opinion: "All Plaintiffs Will Prevail"226
29"It Looks Like It's Going to Be Relatively Easy"231
30"You Don't See a Moral Issue Here?"236
31Chicago Trial, Days 1 and 2: "They Could Be Bad, They Could Be Good, That Is Not the Issue"242
32Chicago Trial, Day 3: "Welcome to Our Fair City"251
33Judge Kiley's Decision: "Most of the Dispute Has Been Decided"258
34"A Literary Gold Mine"266
35"John Was the King of Hades"272
36"Paul Is Named Jack and Mani Is Amy"278
37"It Becomes Like a Garbage Can of Stories"285
38"Enforcing a Contract for Mary Cheever"292
39"Mrs. Cheever Loves Those Stories"296
40"Small Press, Small Book"302
41"It's Still a Very Good Idea, in the Abstract"308
42"It's Like Getting a Cancer off Your Back"312
43A Hellabaloo318
44"Father Sells Best"325
45Another Moral Issue329
46"A Fascinating Example of One Writer's Beginning"336
Sources and Notes340
App. AThe Publishing Agreement349
App. BChronology, Lawyers, and the Uncollected Stories List353
Name Index358
About the Author364

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