Thank Campbell for Modern Abridgment

Adam Gopnik writes for the New Yorker about how it wouldn’t be possible for modern publishers to abridge classics without Campbell paving the way.

Many classic novels such as “Moby Dick”, and “Vanity Fair” are so complicated to read, many are put off at by the first few pages. Joseph Campbell’s: “A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake” was a well needed abridgment which helped shape the future of the craft.

Source

From The New Yorker on October 22, 2007
Attributed to Adam Gopnik (https://www.jcf.org/notes/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2016/11/Shelf-Life.pdf)