The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Strange indexes indeed: the wit of Francis Wheen as author–indexer

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2018), 36, (2), 42–48.

Abstract

Paula Clarke Bain reviews the indexes to How mumbo-jumbo conquered the world and Strange days indeed and gains a welcome insight from Francis Wheen into his experiences as an author–indexer.

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Wheen, F. (2009) Strange days indeed: the golden age of paranoia. London: Fourth Estate. Strange days indeed: the golden age of paranoia Google Scholar

Bain, P. C. (2017) ‘Back of the book, back of the net: the comedy book indexes of Partridge and Toast’ The Indexer 35(1), 18–24. Back of the book, back of the net: the comedy book indexes of Partridge and Toast The Indexer 35 18 24 Google Scholar

Barnes, J. (1995) Letters from London 1990–1995. London: Picador. Letters from London 1990–1995 Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (2001) ‘An index for Thalia.’ The Indexer 22(3), 147–8. An index for Thalia The Indexer 22 147 8 Google Scholar

Duncan, D. (2015) ‘Echard and Oldmixon: Whigs vs Tories in the index.’ https://indexhistory.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/echardand-oldmixon-tories-vs-whigs-in-the-index-part-1/ Google Scholar

Hensher, P. (2004) ‘The sleep of reason.’ The Spectator, 31 January. www.spectator.co.uk/2004/01/the-sleep-of-reason/ Google Scholar

Hofstadter, D. (1997) Le ton beau de Marot: in praise of the music of language. New York: Basic Books. Echard and Oldmixon: Whigs vs Tories in the index Le ton beau de Marot: in praise of the music of language Google Scholar

Hofstadter, D. (2007) I am a strange loop. New York: Basic Books. I am a strange loop Google Scholar

Piggott, M. (1991) ‘Authors as their own indexers.’ The Indexer 17(3), 161–6. Authors as their own indexers The Indexer 17 161 6 Google Scholar

Sutherland, J. (2009) Curiosities of literature: a book-lover’s anthology of literary erudition. London: Fourth Estate. Curiosities of literature: a book-lover’s anthology of literary erudition Google Scholar

Wheen, F. (1999, repr. 2010) Karl Marx. London: Arrow. Karl Marx Google Scholar

Wheen, F. (2004) How mumbo-jumbo conquered the world: a short history of modern delusions. London: Fourth Estate. How mumbo-jumbo conquered the world: a short history of modern delusions Google Scholar

Wheen, F. (2009) Strange days indeed: the golden age of paranoia. London: Fourth Estate. Strange days indeed: the golden age of paranoia Google Scholar

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