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APW/8/MAG - Magnus Powermouse

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Magnus Powermouse
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- Review by Peter Piper in The Oxford Times. Marcus Aurelius is a mouse born in an Oxford College.

Correspondence concerning an offer from Harper Row for a US edition. They ask for some alterations of the mother’s very thick cockney accent, so 9-12 year olds would not find it incomprehensible. They also ask for a few sentences at the end to indicate that Magnus won’t just be settling down to “cozy domestic life with Jim the Rat, and that, after all, he is still a BIG powermouse, with some adventures left in him.”

There is disappointment that Harper & Row offered less for MAGNUS POWERMOUSE than Viking did for THE MOUSE BUTCHER two years previous.

Correspondence with Gollancz for their edition which involves a new jacket from illustrator Mary Rayner.

The split in royalties between Mary Rayner and DKS is negotiated; and correspondence is included on the contract. A letter and postcard written by Mary Rayner to PT is included (7/7/83).

- Copies of draft agreement between Mary Rayner, DKS and Harper & Row, 13/4/83.
- Copy of Harper & Row biographical form for authors and artists, complete with DKS’ details.

DKS is appearing on Sunday morning television in Rub-a-Dub-Tub. 36 episodes were planned.

Harper & Row is also publishing THE QUEEN’S NOSE and slight changes are being made to the jacket.

Puffin publish their edition on 26/7/84.

THE SHEEP-PIG had been included in the Royal Assortment – a selection of twenty books given to the Queen just before she left for Balmoral.

Non-exclusive rights are granted to Cover to Cover for audio production of MAGNUS POWERMOUSE.

Other titles referred to in this file: CHEWING THE CUD (PT gives her opinion on DKS’ authobiography), THE QUEEN’S NOSE and THE SHEEP-PIG.
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