Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Maybe the books just didn't do well
Last week, I posted about a mystery that has vexed Robert Anton Wilson fans: Why didn't he write The World Turned Upside Down? The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles was supposed to consist of five books and we only got three.
Here's a theory: The books did so poorly in the marketplace Wilson finally concluded the reward was not worth the effort.
An earlier blog post perhaps underscores the point. Back in 2012, I wondered if the lawyers who defended Dan Brown when he was sued for plagiarism over his use of Holy Blood, Holy Grail in The Da Vinci Code were familiar with The Widow's Son, which of course also draws upon Holy Blood, Holy Grail for a major plot point. The answer was no.
It seems striking to me that neither Brown's lawyers nor anyone they knew were familiar with The Widow's Son. Nobody got in touch with them during the trial to tip them off about the book.