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#3370: Two more books of note or to ask about
>From Bob Corbett
Ah, still at work, and probably another 50 to 60 books to enter into my
library program. Needless to say, I go behind BIG TIME!
However, two items for you.
1. A quite scarce book which I've been after for 15 years finally turned
up from a British dealer. It was very expensive, but I'm happy to have it.
Richmond Holcomb wrote: WHO GAVE THE WORLD SYPHILIS? THE HAITIAN MYTH.
This book was published in 1937 by Froben Press in New York. It's a quite
scholarly book about syphilis, not Haiti. However, there was evidently a
common belief in medical literature that somehow Haiti was the origin of
syphilis -- Hispaniola. Holcomb believes this story is silly and sets
out to establish it.
So, just thought you'd all like to know AIDS wasn't the first major
disease blamed on Haiti!!!
2. A Haitian author I have really enjoyed is Dany Laferriere. I thought
I had all his books and have reviews of two of them on my web site. But,
just a couple of months ago one I'd never heard of turned up on some book
dealer's list: A DRIFTING YEAR. Published in 1997 in Vancouver by
Douglas and McIntyre. I haven't read it yet, but will try to get to it
this summer. (Hmmmm, my summer list seems to nearly the size of the
Library of Congress. I think like the kid in the candy store my eyes are
bigger than my reading capacity.)
Any of you know this novel of Laferriere?
Now, back to the cataloguing work!