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APW/7/4 - A Philosophical Investigation, 1992-1993

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A Philosophical Investigation, 1992-1993
Scope and content
Introduction: A futuristic thriller published by Chatto & Windus (UK) 1992; and Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (US) 1993.

Papers from 1992-93 are contained in two folders.

Contains initial letters of approach from AP Watt to literary agencies in the US.

Michael Siegel (literary agent) gives his opinion on the book in a faxed letter dated 14/5/92.

Biographical note which includes details of all PK’s novels.

New title information from Chatto for A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION; and code names for Wittgenstein’s victims, including Darwin, Byron, Kant and Bertrand Russell.

Includes correspondence with Creative Artists Agency, Inc. (Calif.) on the deal for A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION aka CONCEPT OF MURDER. The film deal was made with Paramount Pictures Corporation.

Proposed agreement between PK and Paramount and subsequent correspondence relating to the agreement. The bulk of this file concerns negotiation of the Paramount agreement. Paramount commissioned James Dearden to write the screenplay and Mace Neufeld as producer.

Printed reviews and articles.

A 1993 article in Screen International announces the closure of Paramount British Pictures and the effect this would have on A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION which was described as being “on the front burner.”
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