Lifelong Dewey

Reading through every Dewey Decimal section.

098: Great Forgers and Famous Fakes by Charles Hamilton


098.3: Hamilton, Charles. Great Forgers and Famous Fakes: The Manuscript Forgers of American and How They Duped the Experts. New York: Random House, 1988. 268 pp ISBN 0-5175-4076-2.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 000: Computer Science, Knowledge, and General Works
  • 090: Manuscripts, rare books, or other rare printed materials
  • 098: Prohibited works, forgeries, and hoaxes
  • 098.3: Forgeries and hoaxes

There are innumerable people in this world who are just looking to make a quick buck, no matter the ethics or consequences. In the literary world, there are those who try to sell stolen rarities that they’ve pilfered from museums and private collections. Others still, simply create them from thin air. Thousands of autographs and letters are “found” every year and released onto the market. For every ne’er-do-well, however, there is somebody trying to call them out for it. For a while, the one of the world’s best authenticators was Charles Hamilton. He recounts some of his more interesting cases in Great Forgers and Famous Fakes.

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873: The Metamorphoses of Ovid


873.01: Ovid. The Metamorphoses of Ovid. Translated by Allen Mandelbaum. San Diego, CA: Harvest, 1993. 559 pp. ISBN 0-15-170529-1.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 800: Literature
  • 870: Latin and Italic literatures
  • 873: Latin epic poetry and fiction
  • 873.01: Latin fiction of the Roman period

To fully investigate the entirety of Greek and Roman mythology  would take a lifetime. Luckily, Ovid did all the heavy lifting two thousand years ago. Every mythological figure you can think of is in here—from Jupiter to Perseus to Jason to Pygmalion to Romulus. Ovid’s history start at the creation of the universe and goes up to the Caesars of Rome and paints the chronology as a series of changes. In fact, the first lines have the poet saying “My soul would sing of metamorphoses.” Also playing a heavy part is the role of the love god Amor, who is constantly affecting the course of history.

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