A Wealth of Fable
It was even more controversial than his first book. Both volumes drew a wide range of reaction. Warner’s experience as a journalist shows throughout. On the other hand, the Hermit of Hagerstown was not present for the events he recounted, and he took his version of what happened almost entirely from fanzine accounts, some of them by fanwriters never inclined to let the truth get in the way of a good story.
This approach was troublesome even about the ’40s, when most fanac still occurred on paper, but in the 1950s, fans began to meet in person much more frequently, and many club and con fans never wrote for fanzines at all. Warner did not interview fen who were there for the incidents he described — but relied on the viewpoints that made it into the zines of the time.
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