Published Mar 23, 2020Earlier this month, Woody Allen's memoir Apropos of Nothing was momentarily cancelled after Hachette Book Group dropped the title following a staff walkout. Now, weeks before its initial April 7 release date, the book has been released via a new publisher.
Arcade Publishing picked up the book after it was dropped and officially released it today. The company released the following blurb about the book:
The book is a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life, ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theater, television, print and standup comedy, as well as exploring his relationships with family and friends.
In another statement, Arcade editor Jeannette Seaver said, "In this strange time, when truth is too often dismissed as 'fake news,' we as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected artist, rather than bow to those determined to silence him."
According to the Associated Press, Allen used a portion of the book to insist that he did not abuse Dylan Farrow, whom he has been accused of molesting as a child. He called Mia Farrow's accusations part of her "Ahab-like quest" for revenge.
"I never laid a finger on Dylan, never did anything to her that could be even misconstrued as abusing her; it was a total fabrication from start to finish," he wrote. "I certainly didn't do anything improper to her. I was in a room full of people watching TV mid-afternoon."
Allen admitted that he did place his head on Dylan's lap during an August 1992 visit to Farrow's Connecticut house, but he maintained his innocence regarding the molestation charges.
In the book's postscript, he added that the fallout from the controversy "plays into my poetic fantasies to be an artist whose work isn't seen in his own country and is forced, because of injustice, to have his public abroad. Henry Miller comes to mind. D.H. Lawrence. James Joyce. I see myself standing amongst them defiantly. It's about at that point my wife wakes me up and says, 'You're snoring.'"