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Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 12:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: Re: (urth) PEACE: Morryster's _Marvells of Science_

--- Adam Stephanides  wrote:
> on 5/7/02 10:25 AM, Jerry Friedman at jerry_friedman@yahoo.com wrote:
> > "The Festival", according to the Invisible Library (which doesn't
> > mention the Bierce story, though--I'll tell the Librarian about it).
> Oops--I hadn't noticed this.  Sorry, didn't mean to be redundant.
> > How certain is it that the _Marvells of Science_ in _Peace_, which
> > I'll get around to someday, is another of Gold's forgeries?
> Given that:
> 1) neither the National Union Catalog (hundreds of thick volumes
> compiling
> the card catalogs of the Library of Congress and many other libraries),
> the
> British Library Catalog, nor Google show any trace of the book's
> existence;

This wasn't the part I was worried about.  I'm sorry if I put you
to trouble I could have gone to myself.

> 2) all the other books named in connection with Gold are forgeries (I
> think); and

That's a better clue.

> 3) all the authors Bierce "cites" in the Devil's Dictionary seem to be
> his
> inventions,
> it's a pretty safe bet that it's a forgery.  And there's no reason to
> think
> that it isn't Gold's.

Thanks!  So it's in the category of "presumably", not as certain as
that Blaithmaic wrote _Lives of the Seventeen Megatherians_, but
overwhelmingly more likely than any other possibility.  As you've
probably guessed, I'm going to let the Invisible Librarian know.

Jerry Friedman

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