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adammclean
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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2008 10:11 am
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A correspondent has asked me if I know of a  thesis by H. Crothers (Univ. of Aberdeen) on the subject of Donne and Alchemy.

Alan Pritchard's Bibliography lists this as an M.Litt.

Does anyone have any information on this ?

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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2008 10:26 am
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I posted an enquiry about this on the Forum of the John Donne Society some time ago - so far 59 views and 0 replies, so it doesn't look good!

Did he study at Miskatonic perhaps?

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 Posted: Thu Apr 17th, 2008 09:13 pm
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On the basis that University libraries keep a copy of higher degree theses, I searched for "Crothers" in the Aberdeen library catalogue online.  Nothing matching the description came up. 

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 Posted: Sat Apr 19th, 2008 07:27 pm
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I had been hoping to get some more information about this thesis, but with no luck so far. So as I had started this particular hare, I will comment.

Unfortunately. I did not keep a record of the source for this reference., but ISTR that it was a list of theses on literature from an English (country) web site. As has been stated, there is no record of it via the Aberdeen University library. I have emailed the English department, but so far have had not reply.

The MLitt is a taught degree with a dissertation. Subject to getting a reply, my speculation is that (a) this was a thesis that was announced but abandoned, or (b) that it is ongoing and therefore has not hit the formal reporting system, or (c) something else.

Subject to further information, I have now flagged this as a probable 'ghost' reference.

Searches around Aberdeen have not be entirely fruitless, as I did find some other references to alchemy.

Alan

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 Posted: Mon Apr 21st, 2008 09:20 am
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I have now had a reply from a member of the teaching staff at Aberdeen, and the position is:

"it appears the thesis in question was never submitted, and was discontinued some time ago."

So I think that settles the matter.so it did exist in embryo. This particular red herring can be laid to rest & it will not appear in the bibliography any longer.

Thanks to those who helped in the search.

Alan


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