Monday, June 30, 2014

La dulce vita

Were all the lit majors off on the same Saturday, Nation's Newspaper of Record?

An article last Sunday about an exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, “The World at War, 1914-1918,” misspelled the first word in the title of a poem by Wilfred Owen, who was killed in the war. It is “Dulce et Decorum Est” (not “Dolce”).

An article last Sunday about the effect World War I had on America’s cultural consciousness misidentified the era in which John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” — an allegory of hardship and redemption that many British soldiers and officers were familiar with — came out. It was published in the 17th century, not during the medieval years.

A biographical note with the Your Fellow Americans column on June 22, about Rick Perry’s possible presidential run, misstated part of the title of a recent book by the writer, Mark Leibovich. It is “This Town,” not “Our Town.”

Q: What about the theater majors?
A: Yes, the theater majors too:

An article last Sunday about the former actor Richard Beymer and a documentary that he filmed in Mississippi in 1964 misidentified the gang that Russ Tamblyn’s Riff belonged to in “West Side Story” — the movie in which Mr. Beymer starred as Tony in 1961. Riff and Tony were both Jets; neither one was a rival Shark.

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Blogger Jan said...

I like that "misstated part of a title" for "This Town" vs. "Our Town." Right, you got one word out of two ...

1:58 PM, July 01, 2014  

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