Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chapter 20 - Manhood of Humanity: Part 1 - Introduction

Korzybski: A Biography (Free Online Edition)
Copyright © 2014 (2011) by Bruce I. Kodish 
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By January 1921 Alfred’s book, now renamed Human Engineering and significantly revised, had boosters and ‘buzz’. The January 16 Sunday New York Times had an article on Alfred, with the headline “NEW THEORY AS TO MAN”. The subheading read “Polish Mathematician’s Conclusions That Human’s Function Is to “Bind Time” Attracts Scientists’ Attention”.(1) Still, there was the ‘little’ matter of getting a publisher. Mira had been in touch with an old friend from her starving-artist days, writer Burges Johnson, an English professor and director of publications at Vassar College. Johnson, with connections in the publishing world, promised to write a letter to the Vice-President of E. P. Dutton & Company, one of the biggest publishers in New York. After already receiving a number of rejection letters, neither Alfred nor Mira had prepared for what happened next. 

You may download a pdf of all of the book's reference notes (including a note on primary source material and abbreviations used) from the link labeled Notes on the Contents page. The pdf of the Bibliography, linked on the Contents page contains full information on referenced books and articles. 
1. “New Theory As To Man”. New York Times, Sunday, Jan. 16, 1921. AKDA 3.1. 

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