Re: [mythsoc] Re: literary sabotage
- Thanks for the link to the follow-up story, David. I must say
Wilson's behaving with a good deal of dignity over the whole mess.
The original story includes a specific denial by the other biographer
of any responsibility, but I'd have to know more about the fellow to
know if that's convincing (and other options obvious present
themselves). Also, knowing nothing of Betjeman's life (other than
that he's one of the few of CSL's students who well and truly got the
last word), I have no idea if the incident the letter was supposed to
prove was significant or not. Was this merely one affair among many,
or the purported love of B's life? In any case, as Wilson points out,
he'll simply remove the poison pen piece for the next printing, by
which I assume it'll be long gone before the American edition comes
out at the end of November.
On Sep 10, 2006, at 6:08 AM, Matt Williams wrote:
> It just goes to show how poorly Wilson checks his sources and
> facts; a letter out of the blue, postmarded in Britain but
> purportedly from France, etc. And he could never contact the
> sender. Yet, he includes it in the book without a second thought.
Actually, it's the follow-up letter to the Sunday Times exposing the
fraud that had the London postmark, not the typed copy Wilson
received two years ago while researching the book. If there was
something unusual, startling, or out of character in the letter then
Wilson shd have used it with extreme caution (and flagged it as
such); if it's just the sort of thing Betjeman would write then his
having been taken in by one letter among 50,000 is unfortunate but
current reading: EMINENT VICTORIANS by A. N. Wilson (v. well done,
though he's no Strachey. I find I enjoy him best when he's writing
about those of whom I know the least--e.g. Josephine Butler vs.
Newman. Nice to find him writing about people he greatly admires).
- Hello fellows:
I've been off-list for some time. One reason is that
I've been looking after an early Mythopoeic personage,
Jon Lackey. He was the producer of the "Greater
Trumps" masque that was mounted at
the second Mythcon in 1971. He had been in ill health
for much of this previous year.
I'm sorry to report that he passed away on February
26th of cancer.
He was an enormous influence on my life, as well as
many others. He was involved with the very
first campaign to produce a film of "Rings" in 1957.
A major contributor to the SCA, LASFS, a tutor and
mentor to many, RenFair performer, artist, sculptor,
costumer, composer, and so much more.
Please pass this information on to anyone who might
have known him, and have them contact me
as regards a planned memorial.
Bonnie S. Callahan