Friday, March 9, 2012
The Power of Fredson Bowers to Suppress Criticism
Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography ns 6.3&4 (1992), 216-217.
A&EB in the 1970s had a chance to print the MAGGIE article. My first letter correcting Bowers's false statements in A&EB (1988)was ignored. One day, clearing the decks, I, as a former Illinois student, professor, and taxpayer, wrote the the president of Northern Illinois University about my plight. My original letter was thereupon rediscovered
and I was allowed to write this little piece, all belatedly. The miracle was that this letter got the article published, two decades after it might have made a tremendous difference to textual work. The texualists at Monash University were not afraid.