Each story, ranging in length from short story to novel, is being released separately, with biographical materials, quotes from the copious correspondence Flint maintained with his wife, Mabel, while working to support them from a different city, photographs, anecdotal material and images of sketches, illustrations and cover art. The manuscripts are being presented exactly as Flint left them, with only minor, annotated notes for archaic spellings.
Musa will publish a new offering from Flint's collection every two weeks, with releases stretching into the winter of 2013. They are also publishing a definitive biography of Flint's life, written by Munn. Grandfather Lost is scheduled for release in July.
Flint's contemporaries as well as modern scholars have lauded the writer's creativity and brilliance. As Anderson pooh-poohed the idea that Homer Eon Flint was a criminal, he added loftily, "Flint was a man of great intellectual powers."
Those intellectual powers and the flowing ease of Flint's prose are now prominently on display once more and through a medium the technology-junkie Flint would undoubtedly have appreciated. This project not only highlights the ease and convenience of digital books, but also emphasizes a use many readers might not consider — the archival benefits of an ebook for work of a like age with Flint's ensures that stories once lost to readers will now survive for this and future generations.
"There is something so amazing about knowing that Musa found these hidden gems, nearly lost for so many years, and is now able to bring the new works and the old to an entirely new generation," Elspeth McClanahan, the marketing director for Musa Publishing said. "I am awestruck by the history involved in this venture."
The first release of approximately thirty from the Flint collection is a short murder mystery entitled The Flying Bloodhound. Enhanced by a biographical preface written by his granddaughter, the story centers around an apparently accidental death in the California mining country — until the Sheriff does some investigating from one of those newfangled aeroplanes and brings a murderer to justice. On January 30, Musa will follow up with The Greater Miracle, where a doctor crushed by personal loss must arrive at a reason to keep on living.