My article on Nancy Bailey, the pioneering British indexer, has just been published in the December issue of The Indexer. I’m very pleased with the way it has come out.
I recently spent some time at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection researching an article about the actor and dramatist Eric Jones-Evans. In 1957 he published a play called ‘The Black Bag’ based on the Jack the Ripper murders; my article examines the literary antecedents of the play and places it in the context of his life as a police surgeon and amateur thespian. The research took me to strange places – Whitechapel in the years immediately after the Great War, a coppice just outside Hythe where a one-handed man murdered his fiancée, and a beautiful churchyard in Fawley. My article was published this week in the Ripperologist.
I enjoyed rooting through the documents in the archive – handwritten letters, manuscripts in longhand, paper notebooks, and theatre programmes… I loved the creak of the pages of personal diaries and photograph albums, and the weight of old books with their indexes and chapter titles.
David A. Green is a freelance indexer living in Petersfield, Hampshire.
The Indexed Word
Random thoughts about books, indexes, and book indexing.