Oct 30, 78
I wrote the enclosed letter to V, but after re-reading it, I decided to mail it to you instead. You can read it and inform him of the contents. Unless I miss my guess, hell be very perturbed by what I say, but I said what I need to. My answer to his offer is very provisional and is more likely to be No than Yes, depending ultimately on further details which Ill have to evaluate. This is all reminiscent (to me at least) of the offer he cooke dup with Cyrus Gordon and Bruce, when Bruce would pay me and Id pretend to be paid by a university for a job I wasnt really doing, all backe dby Gordon, who not only did not agree to it (contrary to Vs impression), but personally advised me against it. When I did turn it down, V went into a tantrum about all he did for me (none of it requested by me, all without my knowledge, none of it to my liking, and all, as far as I was concerned, for his own benefit, not mine) and how hard he tried to get Hewsen and Greenberg to forgive me, and how I didnt follow through (again he did that without my knowledge and I hold both of them in contempt, I dont care if they bless or curse me, and I havent forgiven them, whatever they feel toward me). So, I expect him to be angry that he worked so hard for me for so much ingratitude on my part. I might accept his offer, once I hear and evaluate it, but if it is at all like past offers, I wont. From now on (after I send him Mycenae), I look out for me first, not him first (something that has cost me plenty and gained nothing for me). If our interests coincide, wonderful. If not, I give mine top priority. I do want to hear more, but I think it best if I hear from you, since Ill get a less polemical response if its from you than from him. Meanwhile, youll know my thoughts and reasons for them from the letter.
P.S. Before mailing this, I received a type copyu of part of the 1974 Mycenae chapter. Since it bears little resemblance to the piece as it will appear in my revision, I wont bother to deal with it.