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March 27th, 2004, 11:47 AM
How would hist have been changed had certain books and other works which were never completed OTL, actually been finished by their authors ? Say, if Samuel Taylor Coleridge had managed to finish his opium-induced poem 'Kubali Khan' instead of being distracted immediately after he'd written it, and then later forgetting what else he saw of Xanadu in that dream ? Anybody know of any other such incomplete works ?
March 29th, 2004, 05:55 AM
Here's someone's amazon.com list of Great Books the Authors Never Completed (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/listmania/list-browse/-/17INX8AK1EBGO/104-3216103-3106350), including:
--The Canterbury Tales
--Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas
--Edward Gibbon's Autobiography
--Ben Franklin's Autobiography
--Immanual Kant's final work on philosophy
--Sandition by Jane Austen
--The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
--The Castle by Franz Kafka
--the last volumes Proust's In Search of Lost Time
--Love of the Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
...and a bunch of others. And here is a list of lost and unfinished works (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/listmania/list-browse/-/UJCZQQ6WNZO2/104-3216103-3106350) of music.
March 29th, 2004, 07:54 AM
There are lots more. You could add the AENEID and possibly the TALE OF GENJI. But a more interesting question would be what would happen if all the missing manuscripts turned up. According to M I Finley, we know the names of over 150 Greek writers of tragedy. The only ones we have works by are Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides- and only 32 plays of the 300 they are known to have written. But while it might be interesting if works of this sort turned up, suppose we found a historian's library dating from, say, 2nd CE? The missing bits of Livy, Tacitus, Polybius, and the rest. The autobiography of Sulla, Claudius's book on the Etruscans, etc. Would we have mass suicides of ancient historians as surmise after surmise founded on scanty evidence was proved incorrect?
March 29th, 2004, 02:04 PM
There was a short story in Analog on this. Timelines were identical except for what works were completed, and crosstime trade was in such works.
April 6th, 2004, 11:05 AM
Wasn't Asimov's resurrection of his Foundation series finished after his death by someone else ?
May 7th, 2004, 09:21 PM
Clusewitz "On War".
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