Stranger in a Strange Land (Uncut)
Apr 25, PM.
Hmm, I wonder which version I bought - I'll have to check tonight. Thanks for the heads up Space! I read this first in the 70's, so that would have been the 'redacted' version.
May 02, PM. I read it several times, and reckoned I was pretty familiar with it. I came across the uncut version in the mid s, and read it to see if it was any different.
ISBN 13: 9780340938348
Frankly, I didn't notice any difference! And I couldn't be bothered going through word by word. I think what happened was this - and again, I think that I remember reading this on the back matter to the full version itself. A publisher or agent reckoned that the original as written by RAH himself was too long, and insisted on having it reduced by several tens of thousands of words.
For Sale: A Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
RAH duly reduced it. After his death, another publisher asked his widow for the original version, which was duly published.
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If anybody is confident of a different story, I would be happy to hear it. May 05, AM. Alan wrote: "A publisher or agent reckoned that the original as written by RAH himself was too long, and insisted on having it reduced by several tens of thousands of words. Generally, it supports what Alan is saying. The most interesting thing for me is the side by side paragraphs from the two versions toward the end of the article, showing the exact words dropped. It does seem the cuts were mostly out of concern for length and don't affect the actual content too much.
Words are dropped here and there to make the sentences shorter. It mainly seems to affect the style, but from the comparison paragraphs, the cuts don't look too terrible to me. I have the uncut version and I'm up to chapter I'll likely be reading this in snippets all month long. Start on. Show related SlideShares at end. WordPress Shortcode. Published in: Education. Full Name Comment goes here.
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