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Tagsnovel (774), poetry (116), biography (65), reference (64), short stories (63), Colin's (54), literary criticism (52), plays (51), detective fiction (51), indexing (43) — see all tags

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About meI index books professionally, as well as reading them constantly in my leisure time, and sometimes writing and publishing them.

About my libraryMy books come from many sources: inherited from various relatives, purchased at university and retained, sent to me for indexing (some of these published copies given to me, others sets of proofs retained), bought through the years (many at library sales or in second-hand bookshops or charity shops).
Many of my reviews consider the indexes of the books in question.

GroupsBarbara Pym, Indexers who LibraryThing, Virago Modern Classics

Favorite authorsDorothy Baker, Julian Barnes, Alan Bennett, Arnold Bennett, Edward Blishen, A. S. Byatt, J. L. Carr, Tracy Chevalier, Wilkie Collins, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Robertson Davies, E. M. Forster, Gordon Graham, L. P. Hartley, Catherine Heath, William S. Heckscher, Susan Howatch, M. V. Hughes, Molly Keane, Harper Lee, Penelope Lively, David Lodge, Alison Lurie, Rose Macaulay, Kay Macaulife, Nancy Mitford, Vladimir Nabokov, Anthony Powell, Barbara Pym, William Shakespeare, Annette Stannett, Mary Stott, John Sutherland, Angela Thirkell, Rebecca West, P. G. Wodehouse, E. H. Young (Shared favorites)


Real nameHazel Kay Bell

LocationHatfield, Herts, England

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJul 29, 2008

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The book is a straight-forward (and very well done) biography of the poet. Feel free to pass it on.

Congratulations on finishing your project. I can only imagine the joy and relief that that brings.

All the best,

Thank you. Sorry for the slow reply (it has only been a year or two mind you, not bad for an old duffer)
Ooh, thank you ever so much. Read two links immediately but saved your article to savour later & now that I've read it shall enjoy following it up with a few searches. The things that struck me whilst reading it were 1) the idea of first reading as inoculation; 2) the need to match index's tone in diction to the main text's, and 3) that alphabetising sub-heads mightn't be the best idea. The first two had never occurred to me and probably never would have, & are fascinating tid-bits; the third--reading that, I thought 'but surely subheads would be more general: "gout" would be sub-sub head (if that in fact's a term) under "health" and "divorce" one under "marriage". Or perhaps 'end of' under 'marriage'. But when I went on to read your solution I saw you'd done that (though apparently not alphabetically?). Also realised that mostly probably indexers confine themselves to certain book subjects, that e.g. someone with a strong background in English Lit probably wouldn't index a text on metallurgy . . .

Hope ramblings from an interested layman make some sort of sense. It's wonderful to learn a bit about something I'd known absolutely nothing about.
Thanks so much for the link. Much in it that I didn't know--a bit sorry, though, that the author didn't go on to discuss index for Life A User's Manual, another one containing information that explains bits in the body of the work. A much less-known example is Arioflotga by the poet Frank Kuppner. Purports to be all that remains of an anthology of poems: One of those indexes of first lines you often see in poetry anthlogies. (Don't know how to give outside links, but has a 'look inside'.)

If you know of any articles that explain exactly how one goes about making an index, I'd very much like to have a look. I know that you must take *very* copious notes during first reading of a work, but I can't really imagine what follows that . . . Cheers.
I wanted to let you know how good I thought your review of Invisible Forms and how well-placed your warning--if I had been looking for information about it I'd certainly want to have known about the inadequate index. So I came to your profile page and learned that you *would* say that, wouldn't you? (It doesn't seem an enormous problem to me in a book like Jackson's but the names-only indexes can be altogether maddening--and believe it or not I have now and then given a thought to the demanding and thankless work that indexers do.)

If you've not come across J.G. Ballard's index, you might like it . . .
I never hear of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Love of the Last Tycoon before. Thank you.
... and now I read you too are active in U3A
Although I have not read this book yet, according to the information on the flap, Carola Oman is merely the author, and writes about a family called "Sneade" who lived at the rectory from 1780 through 1858.

I hope that this is helpful.
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I thought it was your library for a moment! Glad to see you're still catching up with your listings
Hello Hazel! Thanks for reconnecting to ask about further developments on my old article. There have been none ... largely because I've been out of school for the past few years. Good luck with your continuing work. All the best! Tom
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Me eagerly browsing at Hay-on-Wye.
Thanks for this - very good of you to add the reviews of the Pym book, and reassuring too. If I find myself with a spare £70 or so I may venture to buy it - maybe a Christmas treat!
Because I like to torture myself? LOL.

Actually, I generally do like adventure books. I'm working my way through the 100 Greatest Adventure novels of all time.... I'm on the last 15 or so books and they happen to be the ones that interest me the least. I read (and enjoyed) the books that are really better suited to my taste before I joined LibraryThing.
we do seem to have a lot of interests in common. Brahms/Simon JL Carr and Dornford Yates! You can't possibly be in your 70's too.

Anyway, I'm glad the bo0k cover was useful and hope the film is well received.

I wondered who had beaten me to all the Barbara Pym common knowledge entries. Now I know. Vis à vis your question regarding what tasks you might do as a member of the Virago group. We chat a lot - a fair amount of nonsense and joking. In terms of work, we do the following: we have an official list (there's a link in one of the threads) for all of the Virago Modern Classics and their original numbering. The British editions of the early Viragoes listed these numbers in the actual books. The American editions did not. A number of these books are no longer in print nor does Virago (which has changed ownership several times) keep a backlist on its website. We are in the process of entering book descriptions from the back covers of the original Viragoes (the ones with the green spines and lovely paintings) into the LT Common Knowledge fields. We have currently accomplished this task for about 300 of the original VMCs. We also have a spreadsheet on Google Doc in which we keep track of our progress and make emendations to the list. If you contact Christina (christiguc), she will be happy to register you for access to the Google spreadsheet. Other "work" includes keeping an eye out for particular Viragoes that different members covet (mostly the original green spine Viragoes). Many of us are inveterate library/jumble sale book shoppers. Whenever we find a bargain Virago, we buy it. If the book is one we already own, we list it on the duplicates thread (now at Part III I think). If someone wants it, we send it off. We don't charge one another as what goes round comes round so to speak. I have received Viragoes from five countries now. This activity is not required nor expected of group members. One does it if one feels like it. A number of us try to meet with other members when we travel. We're a pretty safe lot. We also keep one another apprized of any news related to Virago or Virago authors. Additionally, we discuss other authors who might be of interest to lovers of Viragoes. Quite a few of belong to the Persephone Readers forum, NYRB, etc. Authors we enjoy include Barbara Pym and Margery Sharp. Currently Kate O’Brien has a a number of us entranced.


P. S. Are you familiar with Annabel Davis-Goff? If you like Molly Keane, you might like Davis-Goff. She has published a number of novels about the Anglo-Irish gentry.

Just a note to say I enjoyed your review of Pale Fire. It was succint but gave a real flavour of the book.

It is on my list of books to be read, and I have been tracking reviews, and mentions on the various LT threads. I just needed a final push and i think your review did the trick.
I too am new to Librarything (other than starting to add my books).
No Graham wasn't on my tour but the work he does is extensive in Nagaland and we were welcomed with open arms. Still a harsh existence living in the jungles and earning a living. We were fortunate enough to see some traditional Naga dancing and singing and managed to get around all the battlefield sites - awe inspring especially the tennis court at Kohima.
I have not read any other books by Graham so I'm not sure of your last question.
Kind regards,
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