Morrissey has announced the release of his long-awaited autobiography through Penguin Classics on 17 October, 2013. The former Smiths frontman has been working on the memoir for years and had a 660-page principal manuscript finished back in 2011. "I've reached the redrafting, trimming stage… I'd like it to go to Penguin, but only if they published it as a Classic," he said when speaking on Radio 4's Front Row. "I can't see why not – a contemporary Penguin Classic. When you consider what really hits print these days, and when you look at the autobiographies and how they are sold, most of it is appalling. It's a publishing event, not a literary event."
Although Penguin Classics usually only publish works by well-respected members of the literary canon, a Penguin spokesperson explained that the Morrissey memoir "could be published as a Penguin Classic because it is a classic in the making." The cover of the book has also been revealed to be a photograph used for Morrissey's 2008 Greatest Hits. Speaking about the release, a representative for publications retailer Waterstones said: "He's a contrary, controversial character, and his is arguably the most interesting untold story yet to emerge from the 80s generation of British music heroes… we expect Autobiography to be one of this Christmas's top sellers at Waterstones."