By senior Faber & Faber editor

One of the most important figures in publishing has urged Morrissey to publish his autobiography.

Morrissey is one of British pop music's most iconic yet allusive figures. Through a twenty five year career the singer has released some seminal music, as well as caused numerous media storms with his outspoken views.

Recently the singer published a new short story which he claimed was taken from his autobiography. Focussing on the Moors Murderers, the story was praised by many as a fine example of prose.

Now one of the senior editors at Faber & Faber has published an open letter to Morrissey urging him to complete his autobiography. Lee Brackstone heads up the historic firm, whose catalogue includes seminal works by the poets TS Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Published by TheThoughtFox, the letter opens: "I have been trying to persuade you of the virtues and wisdom of this for some years now. You probably won’t remember".

"Our shelves groan and bulge and spill over under the weight of Ezra, Larkin, Hughes and Heaney. And that’s just the surface; deep as it may seem. We feel very strongly that you belong in this company," he explained.

"To me (and to many of my colleagues) you are already in this company. It would be the fulfilment of my most pressing and persistent publishing dream to see that 'ff' sewn into the spine of your Life. Just any other publisher won't do. You deserve Faber and the love we can give you. History demands it; destiny commands it."

The letter finished by adding: "Morrissey, the doors of our Georgian Bloomsbury-based publishing house are open to you wherever you may be: Rome, LA, Manchester."

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