LON CHANEY IN HIS OWN WORDS

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KevinScottCollier

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LON CHANEY IN HIS OWN WORDS

PostWed Sep 27, 2017 8:37 am

Just published, a new book, that pulls together 1917-1930 interviews with 'the man of a thousand faces' (what he had to say about his life, career, and films)... also nearly 50 studio and professional photos, many of which run full-size in this 8x10 inch paperback.
https://www.amazon.com/Lon-Chaney-His-O ... +own+words
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PostWed Sep 27, 2017 9:37 am

Do you go to archives and search out primary evidence, or are all these books created from merely gleaning the internet?
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Re: LON CHANEY IN HIS OWN WORDS

PostWed Sep 27, 2017 10:50 am

KevinScottCollier wrote:Just published, a new book, that pulls together 1917-1930 interviews with 'the man of a thousand faces' (what he had to say about his life, career, and films)... also nearly 50 studio and professional photos, many of which run full-size in this 8x10 inch paperback.
https://www.amazon.com/Lon-Chaney-His-O ... +own+words" target="_blank


Awesome work. Congratulations.
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Re: LON CHANEY IN HIS OWN WORDS

PostTue Nov 14, 2017 10:50 am

missdupont wrote:Do you go to archives and search out primary evidence, or are all these books created from merely gleaning the internet?


He didn't respond to your question. Having bought three or four of this guy's books, including the Chaney, I can answer that all he does is scalp quotations from records on the Internet such as contemporary movie magazines. There's never more than about 70 pages -- most of his books have only 25 or 50 pages of "biography" and "quotes", followed by maybe 15-20 pages of photos or program/poster reprints, and usually a filmography.

These books are useless as references because he doesn't provide sources for any of his quotations, nor does he provide a bibliography. In his Billy Dooley book, he occasionally identifies the magazine he's cribbing from, but never the issue number, date, page number, reporter's name, etc.

The Chaney book is even worse. It consists almost entirely of direct quotations from Chaney interviews, not a single one of them with attributes, and not even set apart from each other so you could at least figure out where one interview ends and another one begins.

No wonder he claims to have written over 200 books. Scalping quotes and slapping them together into less than 50 pages of large print without bothering to provide a single attribution is just about the easiest way to present yourself as a prolific "author".

Jim

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