ML History Clean Up

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at
Thu Jul 27 12:42:54 EDT 2006

Auden's Selected Poetry was one of the ML titles that Random House decided to "maintain" after 1970, so when Auden prepared a revised edition that was also being published in Vintage Books it made sense to publish it in the ML as well.  Auden was one of Random House's oldest and most pretigious authors, and I imagine he wouldn't have been pleased to have the old edition maintained in the ML alongside the new edition in Vintage Books.  This is the only ML title to my knowledge that was revised after 1970.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 08:45:51 -0400
>From: J B Krygier <jbkrygier at>  
>Subject: Re: ML History Clean Up  
>To: modlib at
>On Jul 26, 2006, at 1:23 PM, Gordon Neavill wrote:
>> The ML stopped adding new titles in 1970 and over the next few years
>> drastically cut back the number of titles in print.
>On Jul 24, 2006, at 11:35 AM, Gordon Neavill wrote:
>> My copy of the 2nd edition of Auden's Selected Poetry has an ISBN  
>> on the back panel of the jacket (lower right) and also on the verso  
>> of the title page.  I've never been able to confirm the publication  
>> date and give it in my bibliography as 1971/72.  The latest  
>> copyright date is given as 1970.
>> Auden was writing RH about the contents at the end of April 1971  
>> (he wanted the author's note in the 1st edition deleted from the  
>> 2nd).  Jason Epstein at RH wrote him that it would appear as a  
>> Vintage paperback in September 1971 and by early 1972 in the ML .
>One could argue that the 2nd ed revised Auden was not a new title, but
>it at least is a significant variant published in 1971 or '72.  It seems
>the "end" of the ML actively publishing titles is a bit blurry.
>John K.
Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
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Wayne State University
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