Posted on June 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
When Naomi Wolf acknowledged last month that corrections needed to be made to her new book Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love, she joked that the already-printed editions would be collectors’ items.
Well, that won’t necessarily be true for U.S. readers.
Wolf’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, reversed course on Thursday, when it told the New York Times that it would delay the book’s publication after all.
“As we have been working with Naomi Wolf to make corrections to Outrages, new questions have arisen that require more time to explore,” it said in a statement.
“We are postponing publication and requesting that all copies be returned from retail accounts while we work to resolve those questions.”
The big public issue is that Wolf misinterpreted the legal term “death recorded” — historian Matthew Sweet told her during a BBC interview that it means a sentence was documented, but not carried out; Outrages (or at least the original version) treats it as meaning “executed.”
On Friday, Wolf criticized Houghton’s decision, while her U.K. publisher confirmed that it would continue with plans to release what’s already printed and correct future versions.
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