Talk:Spectra (book)

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Sorry, I haven't read the entire article, but I noticed that the first paragraph doesn't even really say what Spectra is? This should be added. [The contrib was, per the talk page history, from User:Dgrant at 02:50, 2003 Mar 17. --Jerzy (t) 16:41, 2005 Apr 19 (UTC)]

Now, wouldn't it be way kewl to put into WP a hoax article, describing a hoax that never took place??
This article requires extraordinary evidence of verifiability: references to professionally edited Web sites and to widely available print works, and testimonials on this talk page by trusted WP editors who have inspected those verifying sources. --Jerzy (t) 16:41, 2005 Apr 19 (UTC)

OK
Yes, thank you, i am feeling much better.
This is a good start:
  • The fourth graph of the bio headed
Arthur Davison Ficke (1883-1945)
[de-shouted by Jerzy]
which is an early section heading the inventory
Arthur Davison Ficke Papers
YCAL Mss 50
by Tina Evans
[partial de-shouting by Jerzy]
reads
In 1916-17 Ficke made a trip to the Orient with his wife and Witter Bynner. In 1916 he and Bynner publishedSpectra [lack of blank sic, Jerzy notes] under the pseudonyms Anne Knish and Emanuel Morgan. The poems were well received, although the authors had intended them as satires on modern poetry. The hoax was revealed in 1918.
(Scholarly enough? That inventory covers "36.50 linear feet" of boxed correspondence, working manuscripts, etc., held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. I'm not sure whether the fragile items kept in cold storage are part of the 36.50 ft.[grin])
Kraft, James.
Who is Witter Bynner? : a biography / James Kraft.
1st ed.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press,
c1995.
and the occasional academic or even public libary holds it.
  • The New York Times will provide for a couple of dollars (and academic and many public libraries will have micro-copies of) the text of their article
'Soulful Spectrum Nothing but a Hoax; Witter Bynner Tells How He and Arthur Davison Ficke Posed for a Year and a Half as "Emanuel Morgan" and "Anne Knish," Whose Poetry Awed Many Reviewers'
by Paul Thompson, New York Times, Jun 2, 1918. pg. 77, 1 pg
for which their abstract reads
THERE were the Imagists and the Vorticists and the Whatnotists, and they were all exceedingly annoying to Witter Bynner, minor poet, who, though subtle, is sane, or at least persuades people that he is.
--Jerzy (t) 19:28, 2005 Apr 19 (UTC)


The "Age of Charlatans"?[edit]

NPOV violation if ever I saw one. --62.255.233.37 20:40, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

I think the whole paragraph starting "By now..." is all opinion, and should be rewritten.

Amazon review[edit]

There's a suspiciously similar review on Amazon for The Spectra Hoax, dating from 2001 (where as this text dates from 2003). However User:Ihcoyc, who wrote the bulk of text, says on his user page that he is Steve Gustafson, and the Amazon review is written by S. Gustafson.--Prosfilaes (talk) 02:04, 26 January 2011 (UTC

True, this article is a replica of the Amazon review. Perhaps an attempt at a metahoax, but to be a killjoy, I will make some revisions and citations to reputable sources. —Zujine|talk 00:23, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

Updated with sources[edit]

I've updated the article, removed all the Amazon content, and added in multiple sources. I think the edits were sufficient to remove the tags at the top of the article. —Zujine|talk 01:03, 6 November 2011 (UTC)