Wuthering Heights, Jan. 1926

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at wayne.edu
Thu Jun 12 14:46:24 EDT 2003

B&L listed projected ML titles on jackets and lists at the end of the books.
Some of them (like Wuthering Heights) came out late; several never appeared
at all and constitute "ghost" titles.  Wuthering Heights was originally
announced for publication in May 1925 but didn't appear until January 1926.
The delay was Rose Macaulay's fault--she agreed to write the introduction
and was late submitting it.  Cerf tried to call on her about the
introduction when he was in England in summer 1925 but was unable to see
her.  He wrote her in August 1925 when he returned to New York.

Macaulay's introduction for the ML is a shorter version of her introduction
to the Traveller's Library edition of the book, published in England early
in 1926 by Jonathan Cape.  Interestingly, the ML typesetting of the text is
identical to that of the Traveller's Library edition--Cerf must have worked
out a deal with Cape to buy a duplicate set of the Traveller's Library

Incidentally, I've never seen a jacketed copy of the first ML printing
(January 1926) of  Wuthering Heights, which misspells Macaulay's name on the
title page ("Macauley") a has the First ML Edition statement on the verso.
If anyone has this, I'd like to date the jacket and confirm that the front
panel text is the same as the later jackets I've seen.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Sharon Biederman" <sbiederm at nova.umuc.edu>
To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2003 2:03 PM
Subject: Re: B&L and early ML jackets for WINESBURG, OHIO

> Barry,
>   My dust jacket has the same text as Pete's and appears to be an
> early 1925 printing. It shows the B&L titles from 1925 but none of the
> titles that came out after the company changed hands.
>   But Pete brings up a point that I have been curious about for quite
> some time.  Wuthering Heights is listed on 1925 B&L dust jackets although
> it was not published by B&L.  Do you know the history on this particular
> title?
>                                   Sharon
> On Thu, 12 Jun 2003 DCHOCK7 at aol.com wrote:
> > Barry,
> > I have a Winesburg B and L jacket that starts "When the Dial Award of
> > to the writer who had done most for literature ..." It is different than
> > jacket on the website. One of the titles listed on the front flap is
> > Wuthering Heights(listed as number 107, not 106- very strange).
> > Pete
> >
> >
> > << Does anyone have Anderson's WINESBURG, OHIO in a Boni & Liveright
> > (Dj 1) or early ML jacket (DJ 2 or 3)?
> >
> >  The only B&L jacket I've seen is on the one on the website and it's too
> > small for me to read the front panel text.  I transcribe the front panel
text in
> > my bibliography and need a legible photocopy.
> >
> >  I've seen clipped front panel text from an early ML jacket (DJ 2 or 3)
> > I've transcribed, but I can't date it without a list of titles.  If you
> > this and can safely photocopy the front panel along with the list of
> > I'd be very grateful.  Otherwise could you just photocopy the front
panel, and
> > we can figure out the date by email.
> >
> >  The B&L jacket text on the website and the text from the early ML
> > I've seen are different--which is unusual.  Anderson complained to
> > about the B&L jacket text in February 1924, and Liveright promised to
change it in
> > the next printing--so it's possible that a late B&L jacket could have
> > different text from the 1923 jacket on the website.  If you have a late
B&L jacket
> > that appears to be different from the 1923 jacket on the website, please
let me
> > know!
> >
> >  Many thanks,
> >
> >  Barry
> >
> >  Gordon B. Neavill
> >  Associate Professor
> >  Library and Information Science Program
> >  Wayne State University
> >  106 Kresge Library
> >  Detroit MI 48202
> >  313-577-0507 (voice); 313-577-7563 (fax)
> >
> >
> >
> >

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