RE: [mythsoc] Help finding book: J.R.R. Tolkien and the art of sub-creation
- Hi David and all,
just to close out the long dormant thread, I did get to UCSC and see a copy of "J.R.R. Tolkien and the art of sub-creation". They do actually have two copies, one in the Reference section and one off-site in their Special Collections repository, so the online catalog information is correct.
David - you were correct as well, this is a student essay, with a "bibliography" of his collection at the back, so nothing interesting and certainly not deserving of the notoriety/fame it has from being listed in WorldCat, and thus appearing on Amazon.com as well. I've posted a note to this affect on Amazon.com for the book, hopefully nipping in the bud any more requests from people wanting to find a copy of it.
--- On Thu, 9/18/08, David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
From: David Bratman <dbratman@...>
Subject: RE: [mythsoc] Help finding book: J.R.R. Tolkien and the art of sub-creation
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 5:10 AM
I'm glad you contacted them and had it pulled. When I looked it up in the UC online catalog, Melvyl, although it was listed as being on site at UCSC, I suspected it might really be only in long-term storage, because there was an additional listing for NRLF, which is the northern storage facility, and I've suspected that kind of double-listing means there's actually only one copy and the storage facility is where it is. Good to have that confirmed: tricks of the library trade.
>From: Jeremy Edmonds <jeremy@rowns. com>
>Sent: Sep 18, 2008 1:17 AM
>To: mythsoc@yahoogroups .com
>Subject: RE: [mythsoc] Help finding book: J.R.R. Tolkien and the art of sub-creation
>I can't agree with you more, David - I am fully expecting this to have little
>to no scholarly value, but someone wants me to find a copy so it should be
>useful to "close the book" on it at least. UCSC is being quite helpful
>already, so I should have at least seen it in a few weeks (once they have
>pulled it from long term storage.)
>Thanks as well for the encouragement, John.
>--- David Bratman <dbratman@earthlink. net> wrote:
>> It's clearly not a book in any real sense of the word: it's an 11-page essay
>> that some student wrote, evidently describing his Tolkien collection. I'd
>> guess it's going to turn out to be a typed term paper in format. There are
>> thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of such things about in the world dealing
>> with Tolkien. You could try to track all of them down; the fact that this
>> one happens to be listed in WorldCat shouldn't confuse you into thinking that
>> means it's of more significance than any other.
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