Uncollecting Cheever: The Family of John Cheever  vs. Academy Chicago Publishers (Hardback)
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Uncollecting Cheever: The Family of John Cheever vs. Academy Chicago Publishers (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 01/10/1998
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Ten years ago, publishers, authors, scholars, and the reading public watched anxiously for the results of two lawsuits involving the family of John Cheever, famed short story writer, and Academy Chicago Publishers, a small publishing house. At stake was not only a collection of Cheever's lesser-known short stories, valued for their literary merit and historical value, but also the definition of intellectual property. In a dramatic re-telling, Anita Miller draws us into the case, creating vivid portraits of the participants and the tensions between them while also shedding light on key issues of our time.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847690763
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 708 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Uncollecting Cheever stands as ominous testament to the vulnerability of small presses-the last refuge for provocative books-in an era of growing corporate power. Those who want to know just how brutal today's publishing biz can become should read about how Academy Chicago Publishers got into the business. * The Boston Globe *
Uncollecting Cheever is the publishing industry's version of Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action. * The Wall Street Journal *
[Miller] offers important insights into the vagaries of both the publishing industry and the legal system. -- Jim G. Burns * Library Journal, December 99 *
Uncollecting Cheever gets behind the scenes to explain legal strategies, quoting particpants in their own words. With events bouncing from high drama to black comedy, the effect is at once tragic and funny. The book is an informative, fascinating revelation of American publishing, law and human greed. -- James A. Cox, Editor and Chief, Wisconsin Bookwatch * Midwest Book Review, Vol 9, No.5, May 99 *
Anyone who enjoys courtroom repartee will rejoice in this book. * Publishers Weekly *
Here is an egregious case of a small press bullied into defeat. Its importance is italicized by the takeover of independent publishers by conglomerates. The small press has become one of the few sources for serious books. -- Studs Terkel
Who says that litigation is dull? Every publisher, every author-indeed every reader-will gain insights and be fascinated by Anita Miller's book. -- Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon
Well-documented and written with restraint and balance. * The Instrumentalist *
Anita Miller offers important insights into the vagaries of both the publishing industry and the legal system and reminds us that real David's victory over Goliath was truly a major upset that isn't recreated evry day. -- Jim G. Burns * Political Science *
The book is energized by the Miller's indignation and disbelief as the case begins to go awry, and it is interlaced with wicked humor. -- Joseph N. Welch II * Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 14, 1999 *
Anita Miller tells the story directly from the legal record...filled with dramatic events, suspense, and passion...Must reading for authors, editors, agents, and anyone concerned withthe publishing process. -- Grant Barnes, Director Emeritus, Stanford University Press
Uncollecting Cheever is the autobiography of a lawsuit...This fascinating and well-written work will appeal to anyone who is interested in the workings of today's publishing world, our legal system and how that system affects the people caught up in it. -- Ronald Rotunda, Albert E. Jenner Jr Professor of Law, University of Illinois
Uncollecting Cheever is a tour de force...an unprecedented insight into present day publishing procedures...It is at once horrifying and hilarious. -- Marion Boyars, President, Marion Boyars Publishers, Inc.
Anita Miller's important but disturbing new book is a brilliantly told story...a cautionary tale about a dead author's family's effort to stop the presses from printing a valuable book already under contract. -- Daniel J. Kornstein, Kornstein Veisz & Wexler, New York City

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