[Ads-l] HDAS 3 and 4

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 23 00:27:35 UTC 2022

James, OUP owns all the rights to all the index cards, the primitive
"technology" on which HDAS, begun in 1968, was based. It may even be that's
where they found the quote from Manhattan Transfer. (Beginning with One
Man's Initiation - 1917, I combed Dos Passos's first six or seven novels as
well as his published letters.)

Gone are the days. At this point, good riddance.


On Tue, Nov 22, 2022 at 5:37 PM James Eric Lawson <jel at nventure.com> wrote:

> > HDAS III could have scooped OED with Dos Passos, but it was not to be.
> >
> > JL
> Does Random House or OUP have a lock on the HDAS entries for P-Z?
> I think something like GDoS or HDoSF (et al.) could be fairly easy  to
> implement, depending on the form (digitized, how digitized?) of the
> material available. Perhaps J. Green would consider a curated merger? Of
> course, any royalties or other returns would take a steep cut from the
> expected riches deriving from print publication, if a steep cut from
> next-to-nothing is possible.
> --
> James Eric Lawson
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