New book project: you get to play editor

Erik Fleischer's picture

After designing and setting Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as an experiment, I would now like to start a second book project. I am looking for a new challenge -- something with different requirements from Alice.

You are invited to help me choose a the text for the project. This text should be in the public domain and of a reasonable length -- the complete works of Shakespeare or the Bible would, therefore, not be appropriate suggestions. I will consider works for which illustrations in the public domain are available if the illustrations have a different function from the one's in Alice, e.g., if they are an integral part of the text.

blank's picture

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge makes for a nice, albeit very short, book. Something a more lengthy but still uber-cool would be Paradise Lost, although you might be so sick of Milton’s endless supply of pretentiousness that you’ll stop after book one.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

ChuckGroth's picture

I love the Rime suggestion. Another idea would be to compile a book of related shorter poems.

timd's picture

Poetry would be a different kind of challenge, you could look at Beowulf or a bit of Chaucer if you wanted to make things really tricky.
Ða wæs on burgum Beowulf Scyldinga,
leof leodcyning, longe þrage
folcum gefræge (fæder ellor hwearf,
aldor of earde), oþþæt him eft onwoc
heah Healfdene; heold þenden lifde,
gamol ond guðreouw, glæde Scyldingas.

Thus swyved was this carpenter’s wyf,
For al his kepyng and his jalousye;
And Absolon hath kist hir nether ye;
And Nicholas is scalded in the towte.
This tale is doon, and God save al the rowte!


aluminum's picture

Let's starting writing it now:

It was a dark and stormy night...

timd's picture

…and the doctor had been called…

Linda Cunningham's picture

Her dress lay in tatters on the floor.

guifa's picture

For the raven crowed, never more....

«El futuro es una línea tan fina que apenas nos damos cuenta de pintarla nosotros mismos». (La Luz Oscura, por Javier Guerrero)

Erik Fleischer's picture

Thanks a lot for the suggestions -- they're all very welcome.

I think perhaps Gulliver's Travels wouldn't be different enough in the sense that it's also a romance for about the same demographic (originally, anyway). Poetry might be an interesting challenge; if anyone has other suggestions to make, now is the time. Beowulf and Chaucer are way out of my league, though.

As for the story you've started to write, make it 25,000 words long and I'll consider it.

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