Simon & Schuster to Publish New Edition of James D. Watson's THE DOUBLE HELIX, Nov 2012

Related: The Double Helix, Non-Fiction, Simon & Schuster

Simon-Schuster-to-Publish-New-Edition-of-James-D-Watsons-THE-DOUBLE-HELIX-Nov-2012-20010101

Simon & Schuster will publish a new edition of James D. Watson's The Double Helix, annotated and illustrated by Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski this November, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins receiving the Nobel prize for identifying the structure of DNA. Publisher Jonathan Karp acquired North American and digital rights for the book from Amanda Urban of ICM.

In the original 1968 memoir, The Double Helix, James Watson held nothing back, offering not only a startling window into the scientific method, full of insight and wit-but a portrait of brilliant scientists with human ambitions and bitter rivalries, pushing one another toward a discovery which would usher in the era of modern molecular biology.

Many years later, Gann and Witkowski, two professors at the Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, discovered a trove of correspondence belonging to Francis Crick, mislaid some 50 years earlier. Struck by a new perspective of the now legendary story of Watson and Crick, they were inspired to create a book which would combine other narratives, add context and document the social history of the DNA detective story. It is being published in association with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Gann and Witkowski gained permission from James Watson himself to create an annotated version of his memoir and pair it with the rich existing archive of documents, photographs, and illustrations. Mining many sources, both published and unpublished, this new edition offers an enhanced experience of this momentous story, filled with the kind of science anecdotes that are told and retold in the halls of universities and laboratories everywhere.

Watson himself is amazed by how much new material had been folded into his original book. "Seeing so many old letters and photographs, and reading so much new information about many of the characters in the story, recalled for me vividly those days in Cambridge almost 60 years ago-what it was like to be a young American living in postwar England and to be surrounded by so many bright people."




More On: James Watson, Jonathan Karp,

Comment & Share

Related Links
James Patterson Reveals Tips on How to Write an 'Unputdownable' StoryJames Patterson Reveals Tips on How to Write an 'Unputdownable' Story
April 17, 2014
Nobel Prize Winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dies at Age 87Nobel Prize Winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dies at Age 87
April 17, 2014
New Memoir 'Shot in the Head' is ReleasedNew Memoir 'Shot in the Head' is Released
April 15, 2014
Chicago Tribune Announces James Patterson Winner of Young Adult Literary AwardChicago Tribune Announces James Patterson Winner of Young Adult Literary Award
April 14, 2014
New Suspense/Thriller 'The Coven of the Spring' by Dr. Jeff Lovell is ReleasedNew Suspense/Thriller 'The Coven of the Spring' by Dr. Jeff Lovell is Released
April 14, 2014


About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts

BWW Reviews: ECHO OF THE BOOM Is A Decadent Depiction of AdolescenceBWW Reviews: ECHO OF THE BOOM Is A Decadent Depiction of Adolescence

Subscribe for News & Specials