Robert H. Pfeiffer
Dear Professor Pfeiffer:
May I ask your opinion? Finally, after years of delay,
Ages in Chaos has the prospect of being published in 1951.
The publisher, Doubleday, signed a contract with me. They wish, however,
to print the book in two parts, with an interval of a few months.
You will remember that the argument of the book goes from chapter
to chapter, and there is only one thesis in the book. I would like
to know your opinion whether the publication of the book, which will
be about 775 pages in print, should be divided in time. The reason
Doubleday gave for this is that for the full volume they would have
to charge between $6.00 and $7.50, which is a high price.
On this occasion may I also ask you whether you would
be opposed to Doubledays
using some quotations from your letter of July 28, in which you wrote
a few kind sentences about the published book Worlds in Collision.
I wrote you on July 31 that I intended to give a copy of your letter
to Doubleday so that they should be able to use it to go with sentences
from other scientists and scholars for their publicity work.
Worlds in Collision was printed in England
on September 4, and there was a lively discussion in the press, including
also a review by the Astronomer Royal in the Spectator, which I answered
in a later issue (October 27).
Translations are now in the process of being made
in various countries; in Italy Garzanti will be my publisher, in France
Stock, and in Japan Hosei University Press. I am at present working
on a volume in which I will submit the geological material evidencing
the catastrophes described on the basis of historical material in
Worlds in Collision.
With cordial regards,