Why Editing Paul Newman’s Memoir Called for a Cool Hand

From a Wall Street Journal story by Caryn James headlined “Why Editing Paul Newman’s Memoir Called for a Cool Hand”:

“It was, and still is, a fraught decision,” Melissa Newman says about her family choosing  to publish The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir, by her father, Paul Newman. When he died in 2008, the actor and director—famous for his blue eyes, charismatic swagger and leading-man status across a film career that spanned more than 50 years—didn’t leave behind a complete manuscript. Instead, he left more than 10,000 disorganized pages of transcripts based on hundreds of hours of interviews recorded for an autobiography that he’d abandoned. These were edited into a book Knopf will publish on October 18.