[ModLib] ML in the movies

Jon Speed jonspeed at verizon.net
Thu Aug 14 08:43:45 EDT 2008

I just saw one the other night.  At the end of "My Side of the Mountain",
there is a ML copy of Thoreau's "Walden" opened to the title page as a
backdrop for the credits.  

Jon Speed

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Subject: [ModLib] ML in the movies

Another ML sighting ... last night I watched "The Enemy Below," a well-made
1957 movie about a WWII contest between an American destroyer captained by
Robert Mitchum and a German submarine captained by Curt Jurgens. During a
lull in the action, one of the American sailors was shown lying in his bunk
reading the ML Giant edition of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman
Empire (vol. 1). A nice close-up of the book with the front panel of the
jacket very legible.

I suppose not many people would have noticed that it was vol. 1 of the
3-volume edition which wasn't published until 1946. The version available
during the Second World War was the 2-volume edition, though the second
jacket design, which was introduced in 1940 and remained in use when the
work was divided into 3 volumes, was nearly identical to that of the
3-volume edition. The only difference between the two is that the indication
of the historical scope of volume 1 occupies 2 lines in the 2-volume edition
and 1 line in the 3-volume. The close-up, though fleeting, was good enough
to see the difference.

Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
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