Just a reminder because of the manuscripts found on Michael Crichton’s computer: maybe it’s not such a good idea to finish things that didn’t quite make it to completion. Looking at you Robert Jordan’s estate.
What isn’t dicussed in the article is whether the work should be published at all. Looking at you Nabokov’s son. Of course, Mr. Moss does bring up some interesting examples of things that are brilliant unfinished AND still saw the light of day. Interesting, also, the one time where it actually worked to complete an unfinished work.
It was Mozart’s Requiem.
What we can all agree on: Salinger has got to have a warehouse full of material.