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Harper Collins UK 'Apologizes Profusely' to Jonathan Franzen For Publishing Wrong Version Of 'Freedom'

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LONDON — A corrected edition of Jonathan Franzen's novel "Freedom" is being shipped to British stores.

The publisher, HarperCollins' 4th Estate imprint, says the British edition of the highly praised novel was discovered to be an earlier draft which contained a number of typesetting errors.

4th Estate publicist Susanna Frayn said Monday that the correct, final version of Franzen's text is now being shipped.

The publisher is offering replacement copies to anyone who bought one of the faulty first copies.

"On behalf of everyone at Fourth Estate and HarperCollins I'd like to apologize profusely to Jonathan, his readers and our customers that our first edition of 'Freedom' does not reflect the author's final corrected version of the novel," HarperCollins UK's chief executive, Victoria Barnsley, said Friday.

"It is a truly magnificent novel and we want everyone to have a chance to appreciate it in the final, fully corrected version. We are hugely appreciative of Jonathan's patience and utter professionalism over this."

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