Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Chapter 62 - "Without Publicity There Is No Prosperity.": Part 1 - Introduction

Korzybski: A Biography (Free Online Edition)
Copyright © 2014 (2011) by Bruce I. Kodish 
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By the late 1940s, Korzybski and general semantics—sometimes in the guise of ‘semantics’—had gained a remarkable niche in public awareness, remarkable given the forbidding appearance—at least to some people—of Korzybski’s major work. References to Korzybski or to one of his popularizers, such as Stuart Chase, appeared in unexpected places. 

In a 1947 Dixie Dugan comic strip, preserved in an IGS scrapbook, one of Dixie’s ‘acquaintances’ sees Dixie, whom she’s never liked, approaching. The woman tells her companion, “Here comes Dixie Dugan—I've never liked her—Watch me tear her apart...I’ve just read The Tyranny of Words.”(1)

In 1949, Guthrie Janssen sent Alfred a cartoon clipped from an unspecified, undated Boston church publication.(2)

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. “Here comes Dixie Dugan”, AKDA, IGS Scrapbook 6. 

2. Guthrie Janssen to AK, III/3/1949. IGS Archives.

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