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Jenny
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There's an oft-quoted review of the infamous DH Lawrence novel in which the reviewer says that in his opinion, there is too much extraneous material and it cannot replace the standard reference work on managing a country estate.

Is the review genuine?

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Kathy B
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True, but it was written in a humor column. The author was Ed Zern who wrote a column called "Exit Laughing" for Field and Stream magazine. In November, 1959, he wrote
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Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley's Lover has just been reissued by the Grove Press, and this pictorial account of the day-to-day life of an English gamekeeper is full of considerable interest to outdoor minded readers, as it contains many passages on pheasant-raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper. Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour those sidelights on the management of a midland shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion the book cannot take the place of J. R. Miller's ''Practical Gamekeeping.''
Kathy "I searched from stem to Zern" B.

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StarlandVocalBand
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Yes, a review of Lady Chatterly's Lover appeared in Field and Stream. It was what people in the magazine world like to call "a joke."

The review was written by Ed Zern, and included the immortal passage,

...one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savor these sidelights on the management of a Midlands shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion this book cannot take the place of J.R. Miller's Practical Gamekeeping."

It is amazing how many people (not just the magazine's readers, but journalists and cookies as sharp as Admiral Hyman Rickover) didn't get the joke and thought this was a serious review. Zern was as well known for this kind of puckish humor as he was for his serious researches into the history of fishing.

There is no such book as "J. R. Miller's Practical Gamekeeping," BTW.

Edited to add that great minds think alike! And at the same time, apparently!

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Originally posted by StarlandVocalBand:
Yes, a review of Lady Chatterly's Lover appeared in Field and Stream. It was what people in the magazine world like to call "a joke."

The review was written by Ed Zern, and included the immortal passage,

...one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savor these sidelights on the management of a Midlands shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion this book cannot take the place of J.R. Miller's Practical Gamekeeping."

It is amazing how many people (not just the magazine's readers, but journalists and cookies as sharp as Admiral Hyman Rickover) didn't get the joke and thought this was a serious review. Zern was as well known for this kind of puckish humor as he was for his serious researches into the history of fishing.

There is no such book as "J. R. Miller's Practical Gamekeeping," BTW.

Edited to add that great minds think alike! And at the same time, apparently!

Damn! It made such a humourous story! It was one of my favourite entries in Steven Piles' "The Book of Heroic Failures". But then again, there were several urban legends cited as hard fact in that book, I shouldn't be surprised if there was another furphy.

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die daagliks phosdex
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Originally posted by Kathy sat down B. side her:
True, but it was written in a humor column. The author was Ed Zern who wrote a column called "Exit Laughing" for Field and Stream magazine. In November, 1959, he wrote
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Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley's Lover has just been reissued by the Grove Press, and this pictorial account of the day-to-day life of an English gamekeeper is full of considerable interest to outdoor minded readers, as it contains many passages on pheasant-raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper. Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour those sidelights on the management of a midland shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion the book cannot take the place of J. R. Miller's ''Practical Gamekeeping.''
Kathy "I searched from stem to Zern" B.
At the time, know, there was quite the controversy over whether Lady Chatterly's Lover was indeed obscene or pornographic, what with a number of court challenges being raised under obscene-literature laws in several countries (among them Great Britain, Canada and the United States).

Methinks Ed Zern may have wanted to get in his 2 cents' worth in the face of such controversy, howbeit with a bit of satire.

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plain-TALKing Yorkshire Woman
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Well, of course "LCL" was obscene.

As the judge at the trial of the book said,
Would you have wanted your servants to read this stuff? [lol]

(LOL)

Talk

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Felessan
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Originally posted by Talk, the Wood Dragon-arachnophobe:
Well, of course "LCL" was obscene.

As the judge at the trial of the book said,
Would you have wanted your servants to read this stuff? [lol]

(LOL)

Talk

Actually it wasn't the judge who said that AFAIK - it was the Prosecuting Counsel, who later went on to prosecute Steven Ward during the infamous Profumo Scandal of the 1960s (detail from Ludovic Kennedy's "The Trial of Steven Ward").

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Hell's Granny
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The actual quote was, I believe: "Would you allow your wife or servant to read this book?" This was addressed to the jury, with so sign of irony.

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kathryn
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Originally posted by Hell's Granny:
The actual quote was, I believe: "Would you allow your wife or servant to read this book?" This was addressed to the jury, with so sign of irony.

I guess we should be grateful that he said "wife OR servant" at least separating the two in language, if not in deed. [Roll Eyes]

I had never heard of the Field & Stream review. Funny stuff [Smile]

Kat"Extraneous material? Where?"hryn

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plain-TALKing Yorkshire Woman
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Ok, I'm corrected. [fish]

sorry! [Wink]

(I was quoting a misquote. Apologies)

Talk [Big Grin]

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