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The History Of A Hoax: Edmund Lester Pearson, John Cotton Dana, And The Old Librarian's Almanack (Beta Phi Mu chapbook #13)

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Hardcover, 75 pages
Published 1979 by Beta Phi Mu
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laurel
A good, short review of the events leading up to and following the publication of The Old Librarian's Almanack. Also reprints the entire Almanack. Having read the Almanack, I was surprised people thought it real. The stories recounted about other librarians' are pretty obviously fake, but maybe that's just my opinion knowing it is fake...

And to the reviewer who said the Almanack stated on the last page it was a fake, you must be reading a reprint. The original 1909 edition does not have that sta
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Denise
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couldn't finish it. Too much like a text book and not nearly as enjoyable is the hysterical Old Librarian's Almanack. I don't know why this book is titled the way it is. The Old Librarian's Almanack says that it is all a fabrication on the last page!! Maybe if this had been published closer to the time when Pearson was publishing his entries seperately, before he collected them and published them together, it would have been more interesting. But since I already knew it was a joke, History of a ...more
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Hilarious.
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"Wayne August Wiegand (born April 15, 1946) is an American library historian, author, and academic.

Often referred to as the "Dean of American library historians," Wiegand retired as F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies and Professor of American Studies at Florida State University in 2010. He received a BA in history at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh (1968), an MA in
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