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 October 18, 2003
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Author's estate forces writer to pull "Brideshead" sequel
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London-AP -- There will be no revisiting "Brideshead Revisited."

A man who wrote an unauthorized sequel has backed down from promoting his book after the original author's estate complained.

Michael Johnston had spent his own money to publish his book, "Brideshead Regained." Fearing a lawsuit, he's agreed to sell it only on the Internet, and then only until the first run of a few hundred copies is gone.

Other authors have invited controversy by writing sequels to classic novels. A "Gone With the Wind" sequel was a best seller after Margaret Mitchell's estate sued to block it.

But a representative of author Evelyn (EEV'-lin) Waugh's estate says he doesn't see the new "Brideshead" book as a major threat. He says the book isn't very good.

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