EW Staff
October 17, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

JACOB‘S LEADER Sharon Stone, literary archaeologist? Thanks to the bookish blond, Jacob’s Hands, a long-forgotten film treatment by Christopher Isherwood and Aldous Huxley, has resurfaced. Stone, noticing a reference to the 1945 collaboration while reading Isherwood’s Diaries: 1939-1960 earlier this year, inquired into film rights, then lost interest when she learned the story had been written for a man. But by then the agent for the Huxley estate, Dorris Halsey, had found the manuscript in the L.A. home of the author’s widow. She promptly sold it to Rialto Films for a figure that could escalate to $400,000. St. Martin’s executive editor Jim Fitzgerald, who says the screen story ”reads like a novella,” paid close to $100,000 for the book rights and will publish Jacob’s Hands next fall.

LITTLE, BROWN-OUT It hasn’t been a great fall for Little, Brown. First came the revelations concerning Seymour Hersh‘s upcoming The Dark Side of Camelot. Hersh had come across documents supposedly proving that Marilyn Monroe had an affair with JFK and then blackmailed him, but they turned out to be forgeries. Now the 13th-century Chinese travelogue, The City of Light, has been put on hold while scholars check out a claim that it, too, is fake. ”You tend to publish your big attention getters in the fall,” says Little, Brown publisher Sarah Crichton, who might be happy to get a little less attention next autumn.

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