May 23, 2010 |
In the spring of 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt turned in the manuscript for her second memoir — this one on the White House years — to her editors at Ladies' Home Journal. "You have written this too hastily," came the reply, "as though you were composing it on a bicycle while pedaling your way to a fire." Roosevelt's editors asked her to revise the manuscript with the help of a ghostwriter, but she refused. "I would have felt the book wasn't mine," she said. She ended up selling her book's serial rights to the Journal's biggest rival, McCall's, for $150,000.
August 3, 2008 |
WHAT would you do if you could possess everything you wanted -- wealth, power, notoriety -- except the one true love of your life? This is the question that frames Helmut Krausser's novel "Eros," which details one Alexander von Brucken's pursuit of Sofie, a girl he meets in a World War II bomb shelter during a raid on Munich, where his father owns an armament factory. Such was Von Brucken's attraction to Sofie that he began to look forward to the attacks with lustful anticipation.
April 16, 2008 |
Two new reports involving the painkiller Vioxx raise fresh concerns about how drug companies influence the interpretation and publication of medical research. The reports claim that Merck & Co. frequently paid academic scientists to take credit for research articles prepared by company-hired medical writers, a practice called ghostwriting.
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January 15, 2007 |
Former football star O.J. Simpson says a chapter from his unpublished book, "If I Did It," that hypothesizes how he would have killed his ex-wife and her friend was created mostly from a ghostwriter's research and is not a confession. "I'm saying it's a fictional creation," Simpson said Sunday in a telephone interview. "It has so many [factual] holes in it that anybody who knew anything about it would know that I didn't write it."
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December 22, 2006 |
Herman Klurfeld's secret life ended one day in January 1952 when a New York Post photographer emerged from the bushes of his Long Island apartment building and snapped away. At the time, Klurfeld told reporters he was a shoe salesman, but the cover of the Post the next day told the real story. "Winchell's No. 1 Ghost," the headline blared. Klurfeld, the longtime ghostwriter for fabled gossip columnist Walter Winchell, died Monday of a heart arrhythmia at his home in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 90.
November 19, 2006 |
I am hovering just to the rear and right of the author seated at a table signing copies of my novel. He's having a grand old time chatting up friends, colleagues and neighbors who have stopped by the bookstore to congratulate him. As his eyes keep darting to the door to see who's coming through Dutton's glass-and-steel portal on North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, I just know he's hoping it will be a producer, director or actor who'll slap an option offer on the table within the next three days.