George Washington, father of his country and the hemp-growing industry.
(This week: End of Leviathan and beginning of the appendices! "George was thinking. He remembered something," page 729, to page 742, "call Gold and Appel Transfers and leave a message.".)
This week takes us to the end of Leviathan (where the most important secrets of the plot are revealed to George, and again revealed to the reader, in case he/she/it missed them earlier) and into the first two appendices.
At the beginning of the appendices, it is stated that there originally were 30, but that eight were omitted "due to the paper shortage." This seems to accord with statements by the authors and by the work's editor, Fred Feldman, that significant cuts were made in the manuscript when Illuminatus! was edited and printed (see my interview with Feldman).
So what happened to the missing appendices?
Robert Anton Wilson was asked about the cuts in the Lewis Shiner interview: When asked about whether any of the cuts in Illuminatus! would be restored, Wilson said, "No, all that got lost."
D. Scott Apel claims that some of the material that was cut from Illuminatus! was published as The Illuminati Papers.
The same thing is hinted in issue No. 10 of Robert Shea's "No Governor" fanzine, in the lettercolumn. Roldo (an artist apparently known by only one name) wrote and said he'd like to see some of the missing pages from Illuminatus!, for example more on the Tarot from Miss Portinari. Shea replied. "There's more on the Tarot in other books by Robert Anton Wilson, such as Prometheus Rising. Wilson's ideas bear a striking resemblance to those of Miss Portinari and Mordecai the Foul. Nothing is every lost."
I have speculated that the "Anarchism and Crime" article by Wilson and Shea is a missing appendix from Illuminatus!; it reads like one, but I don't know how to prove it.
Many of Wilson's collections of essays contain material that would not have been out of place in the Illuminatus! appendices. It's impossible to know now how much of that could be material written for Illuminatus! or a rewrite of such material.
A few posts ago, I compared Illuminatus! to Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, noting each novel's relationship to a series of historical novels that followed. I don't want to push the comparison of Illuminatus! and Cryptonomicon too hard here (it's going to be a separate blog post) but I noticed that Illuminatus! has an appendix which contains a cypher for sending secret messages, one that can be rendered using the cards in a Tarot deck; Cryptonomicon ends with an appendix by Bruce Schneier on Solitaire, a low-tech system for encoding messages that uses a deck of playing cards.
Original magazine cover illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," mentioned in the appendix.
(Next week: Appendix Gimmel, The Illuminati Theory of History, pages 742-756.)