A separate question concerns the destruction of papers by the writer's
heirs. That happened to Austen, whose brothers burned a good deal of her
correspondence. That probably was a great loss, since that censorship was
partly responsible for the "Dear Jane" phenomenon -- e.g., for nearly two
hundred years no one noticed her joke in MP about sodomy in the navy.
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> Nancy Gish
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> Thanks, I think it was the Aeneid I had in my head, though I wonder if it
> Stevenson, or some of his work.
> >>> "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> 11/13/12 2:18 PM >>>
> On Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:53:00 -0500, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]>
> > I'm trying to remember a major writer who exacted a promise that his
> would be
> > destroyed but then no one would. And that was good.
> >Does anyone remember who?
> On Wikipedia there is a whole list of works destroyed at the page
> but it also states: Sometimes authors destroyed their own works. Other
> they instructed others to destroy the work after their deaths; such action
> was not taken in several well-known cases, such as Virgil's Aeneid saved
> Augustus, and Kafka's novels saved by Max Brod.
> Rick Parker