Updating Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a good entry about George R. Stewart.  But a few errors needed to be corrected, so I’ve just updated as a Wikipedia editor.  Here’s a link to the updated page:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_R._Stewart

One change had to do with the number of books Stewart wrote.   The number given is usually incorrect, since few people know about Stewart’s works on English composition.  Even Wallace Stegner, in his wonderful essay “George R. Stewart and the American Land,” mentions only 28 books by Stewart.  But Stewart wrote 31.  The three usually forgotten are The Technique of English Verse, 1930, Stewart’s first nationally-published book, English Composition:  A Laboratory Course, and The Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.  Fred Waage, Stewart’s first biographer, tells me that the Lab book was in two volumes.  Volume 2 was probably a workbook and likely to be thrown out once used by a student, so none are likely to exist.  (If you find one, please let me know!)   The Department of English was Stewart’s history of the Department, written for the University’s Centennial in 1968, and it contains some fine thoughts about the importance of curriculum.

Stewart’s books are a rich and diverse collection of works, many  the first of their kind.  In the next few weeks, I’ll review them, lightly, hoping to encourage you to take a look at some of them.

One thought on “Updating Wikipedia

  1. Don–this is a great site; fyi the composition text is in two separate volumes. It seems like it was a work of duty rather than desire. It’s discussed in my bio. Fred W

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