These two critics trashed my reputation for scholarly integrity, Brodhead by saying I alone in my "black hole" had surmised the existence of POEMS, Delbanco by saying I merely surmised both books and therefore should not be trusted in either volume.
These were horrifically damaging accusations, and they were false. All scholars had known about the 1853 book since 1960, although I did not discover the title until 1987. Everyone had known about POEMS since 1922.
Why can't the CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION deal straightforwardly with what Brodhead and Delbanco did?
As it is, you have anonymous smears on your comments section. Would "flotsam" have been quite so contemptuous if you had honestly stated the cause of my complaints against these two critics?