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Credibility may be undermined by the fact that visiting the external link (trevanian dot com) prompts an attempted trojan infection... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 19:23, 25 December 2010 (UTC)
The part concerning Trevanian (Whitaker) being Hashian is incorrect. The site of Trevanian's publisher is www.trevanian.com and it confirms Trevanian as being Whitaker. Hashian is only related in that he tried to get others to believe he was Trevanian when in fact he was not. Any reading of Hashian's books alongside any of the Trevanian novels would disabuse a person of the notion that they were the same person. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 16:02, 7 February 2008 (UTC)
I agree with the above contributor. The parts about Hashian being Trevanian are the more recent and are full of contradictions, saying at various times that it was his mother's maiden name, his wife's maiden name and at one point even HIS maiden name! I also agree with contributor below that the article is a mishmash that fuses two accounts. The Rod Whitaker version is the earlier one, but it too needs more research and scholarship. Finally some one interested in researching the subject might like to take a look at David Morrell's Brotherhood of the Rose and note certain similarities of themes. <DK>
The contents of this entire article are dubious and should be flagged as such. The details of Rod whitaker's life reported here and elsewhere, apparently passed along from one "source" to another, have the odor of apocrypha and need to be confirmed by careful independent research. For example, one of the cited sources reports an unsuccessful attempt to confirm his association with the University of Texas -- not conclusive, but not reassuring either. Also, this article is a mishmash! It seems like two contradictory accounts were interdigitated without any attempt at reconciliation. --126.96.36.199 (talk) 04:26, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
The "corporate pseudonym" story arose in 1984, when a man named James T. Hashian claimed he had authored three spy novels (which he refused to identify), then "sold" his pen-name to another writer when those books proved to be a popular success (the "other writer" was also unnamed). The New York Times reported that Hashian was an American speechwriter and researcher working in the Labor Department, that he had scoured the north face of the Eiger, spent a year and a half at Harvard, and been a Navy fighter pilot. Following "seven unpublished novels about the American Indian wars and eight unpublished novels about sea battles in the 1812 period," Hashian sold a novel titled Mamigon (1982), based on his "American heritage" — as he put it, "the story of the bloody 1915 Turkish massacre of American Christians who didn't know how to turn the other cheek." There is a character in the book called "Travanian" (note spelling), and Hashian dropped very broad and unsubtle hints that the Trevanian novels were actually his own work … but nowhere did he actually claim to be Trevanian, saying his contact with "the other writer" somehow "prevented" him from doing so. Mamigon was credited to "Jack Hashian," and at least one subsequent book, Shanidar (1990) to the contractive "Hashian." The jacket photo of this latter book reveals a man with his jacket collar pulled up to conceal everything but his eyes, perhaps to promulgate the preferred suggestion that Hashian really "was" Trevanian.
James T. Hashian died in West Newbury, Connecticutt, 11 April 1999. Databases and bibliographies to this day erroneously credit him as "Trevanian."
--Eupator 15:18, 26 May 2006 (UTC)
"Although some believe the pseudonym he chose was based on the name of English historian G.M. Trevelyan, he told friends that he used the name of an Armenian acquaintance of his."
The reference used in that citation actually says that his wife chose the pseudonym after reading the works of Trevelyan, which contradicts this claim. If he did tell friends that, we need a citation that backs it up. --Jamoche 18:23, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
There is an entire paragraph discussing Trevanian's supposed anti-Americanism, but it has not a single citation. One would hope that if the statements in the paragraph are true, the writer has at least an interview which he/she can cite. To say something is "obvious" is really only to say that it seems so to the writer, not that it is so in fact. The para contains a pseudo-citation (Trevanian said) and a quasi-citation (to the author's website). If these citations really exist, they should be properly noted. Until such citations are added, I think the para should be deleted; to me it looks like speculation, not fact.
It's been awhile, & I don't recall. Was Dr. Jonathon Hemlock also in Shibumi? If so, can somebody add it here? Thx. TREKphiler hit me ♠ 13:23, 26 July 2009 (UTC) No hemlock in shibumi. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 13:19, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
i'm not going to correct this coz i havent contributed in ages to anything. but i just finished reading this book and the article is WRONNG!! it's about a former hit-man for an american government agency hooked into a british government agency operation, in a story that recalls that period during which government officials were involved in sex scandals that included kidnapping young girls for sex. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 07:19, 14 June 2014 (UTC)