[ModLib] ML in the movies

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Thu Aug 14 09:11:21 EDT 2008

"Finding Forester" with Sean Connery also has an ml title but guess who


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From: Gordon Neavill <aa3401 at wayne.edu>
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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
Library and Information Science Program
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