Tim Parks on archives, authors and money:
“Going back to my own dusty boxes, while I would definitely [be] glad to see the back of the manuscripts and their silverfish, I can’t help wanting to reserve the right to a good bonfire of the correspondence. Or deletion of the email account. But perhaps I will think differently if an offer is large enough.”
(Read the article here.)
That’s the point, we all think differently when the offer is large enough. And for some of us the offer doesn’t need to be large enough. Vanity is the devil’s favorite sin.