May 1964

Betsey Jane Ward, Hur Book of Goaks.

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By Betsey Jane Ward. Price. not given. Pp 312, with many illustrations. James O'Kane, No. 126 Nassau St, New York, 1866.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):786-787. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110166042

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For reasons which I find it hard to explain or justify to myself, I worked my way through this book hoping that I would find Artemus Ward somewhere in its hidden parts. He was not there. It turned out to be a lifeless, spiritless effort written by I know not what hack who must have had a strong feeling that if one simply used the spelling, the format, and the same kind of illustrations that had appeared in the earlier authentic Artemus Ward books that would be enough. I have not been able to find out anything more about the book than its alleged authorship by the widow of Artemus. No doubt some enterprising publisher was responsible for perpetrating this travesty after Charles F. Brown's death. It is conceivable that Brown might have turned it outshortly before he died, but I prefer to think that it is a spurious effort

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