A trial is going on to decide who owns Kafka’s papers which he had wanted to be destroyed by his friend and literary executor. The boxes of papers are now in the hands of the daughters of the executor’s secretary who are proposing to sell them by weight. But who should own them… Interview from the Today Programme with Judith Butler, a literature professor at Berkeley, about the literary predicament over his archives.
You’re right Ross, but in their shoes I’d probably try to make a buck or two…don’t think I’d go for the selling by weight option though.
If that was Kafka’s wish destroy them, those daughters are just trying to gain from someone they have no real relationship to.