Douglas Adams tore his masterpiece Hitchhiker’s Guide to shreds in notes to himself, book reveals
How Hitzaker’s Guide bent the author’s pride: Douglas Adams tore his masterpiece to cut notes on himself, new book reveals
- Douglas Adams, author of the Hitzaker Galaxy Guide, broke his book into a note to himself
- He revealed his frustration with his books and their main characters
- Adams wrote at the time of the letter’s discovery: “Arthur Dent is a fool. Not interested “
The problem with creating a cult radio series that has created best-selling novels, TV shows, and video games is that other people may start to like your work more than you do.
This is what happened to Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, who broke his masterpiece into a note to himself.
Revealing his frustration with his books and their main characters, Adams wrote in the excavation letter: “Arthur Dent is a fool. Not interested.
Douglas Adams, author of The Hitzicker Galaxy Guide, broke his masterpiece into a note to himself. Photo: Adams on the set of the BBC television series “The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy” in 1980
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“The governor of Ford is a fool. Not interested. Zaphod Beeblebrox is a burk. Not interested.
“Marvin is a fool. Not interested. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a mess. Not interested. ”
The joke – which will be published in a collection of letters, scripts, jokes and speeches from his archives – then turns into a fictional conversation with a huge dragon named Lionel.
In another note, Adams, who died in 2001 of a heart attack at the age of 49, shares advice he should have received: “Writing is not so bad when you overcome anxiety.
“Forget the worry, just press. Do not be ashamed of the bad pieces. “
The collection, to be published next year, is called 42: The Wild Incredibles by Douglas Adams, after the number that is Deep Thought’s response to life in books.
The book is developed in close connection with the Adams estate and family.
The publishers say the notes in the crowdfunded book also show Adams’ exceptional ability to predict the future direction of technology, from the Kindles to the rise of multiplayer games like Fortnite.
The problem with creating a cult radio series that has created best-selling novels, TV shows, and video games is that other people may start to like your work more than you do. Photo: David Dixon (left) and Simon Jones (right) in the classic science fiction comedy series “The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy”, written by Douglas Adams
The collection, due out next year, is called 42: The Wild Incredibles by Douglas Adams, after the number which is Deep Thought’s response to life in books.
The late author’s family said: “What Douglas loved more than a good idea was to share a good idea, and whether it was the first or the 100th time you heard it, his apparent enjoyment never diminished.”
The book’s author Kevin Jon Davies said it was “emotional” to see Adams’ notes and that the records reflected his first meeting with the author in 1978 with “his desk full and the butterfly mind” – page layouts, letters and notebooks, with black ink – outside and “middle thinking” – rich in comic genius and some really awesome typing.
Mathew Clayton, head of publishing at Unbound, said the book – whose numerical title reflects the Deep Thought supercomputer’s response to life, the universe and everything in Hitchhiker’s original guide – finds “a new way to unlock the archive of one of the most creative thinkers of the last half century …
“We wanted to make a book to strengthen this legacy, to correct and enhance Adams’s reputation as a philosopher and by seeing.
“Thanks to the enthusiastic support and guidance of his family, we believe 42 will do that – and crowdfunding is exactly the kind of revolutionary strategy that Adams would have embraced.”