immediate fiction

I was surprised to learn in Cleaver‘s Immediate Fiction that John Fowles, author of The Collector and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, rewrote The Magus ten years after it had been published to great success. There are two versions of The Magus in print, apparently: an astonishing thing. The second version was a best-seller as well.

The Collector

I can well understand thinking about how a story might have been written, but can’t imagine going back, not after it has been published.

The Magus