Extract from a letter to his publisher, 1977
This is part of a letter Alasdair Gray wrote to his contact at Canongate Books, regarding the publication of his novel 'Lanark'.
In the letter, Gray gives detailed instructions about pages in the book which have complex layouts.
In this extract, he discusses the way in which quotations from books, newspapers, and other sources should appear in the final version.
Each source illustrates a different stage producing a final version of 'Lanark' for publication, and you might like to compare them with the most recent printed edition (Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2007, pages 448-450).
This source shows an extract from a letter that Gray wrote to his publisher. Sources 4 and 6 show a page from the handwritten manuscript, and a proof page produced by the printer, with author's edits.
In each case, it's clear that Gray has a specific vision for the way in which the text should be presented in the final, printed version.
Do you think that the page layout and design has any impact on the meaning, or highlights important elements of the text?