THE SCHOLAR ADVENTURERS by Richard D. Altick

THE SCHOLAR ADVENTURERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

By an Associate Professor at Ohio State University, this is a carefully detailed but by no means dull account of the more dignified pursuit of detection as practised by literary scholars. Here is the story of the ebony cabinet and the croquet box which concealed Boswelliana; the exposure of fraudulent firsts by two curious bibliographers; Kittredge's resurrection of Malory's life; the series of narrow escapes which attended the survival of the manuscript; the ""Byron pilgrimage"" undertaken by the Professor Marchand and another man's search for Conrad's the deciphering of codes and the exposure of forgeries, the revelation of romantic transgressions and addictions, the search for memorabilia which has occasioned persistent, patient work and which now provides leisurely, literary reading.

Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 1950
Publisher: Macmillan