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Bancroft re LaVey _MIR_ Intro

To: alt.satanism
From: (Xeper)
Subject: Bancroft re LaVey _MIR_ Intro
Date: 8 May 1997 16:26:48 GMT

Recently a reprint edition of Ragnar Redbeard's
_Might is Right_ was issued containing an Introduction
by Anton LaVey. While Anton does not acknowledge nor
apologize for his plagiarism of _MIR_ as the "Book of
Satan" in his _Satanic Bible_, he makes the following

"My evidence indicates that Jack London wrote _MIR_.
If he didn't, he thought enough of it to transcribe it ...
My sources were Sibley Morrill and Virginia Harner ...
Some of Jack London's unreleased writings were stored
at the prestigious Bancroft Library, where Mrs. Harner
worked as a longtime custodian and researcher ... Mrs.
Harner and Mr. Morrill arranged to let me see the
'forbidden' London material. Among stacks of manuscripts
appeared entire sections of _MIR_ in Jack London's own

On 4/23/97 I sent a copy of the LaVey introduction
to the Bancroft Library inquiring about this, and have
just received the answer attached below.

Michael A. Aquino, Ph.D.

* * * * *
University of California
Berkeley, California 94720

May 1, 1997

Dear Dr. Aquino:

Thank you for your interesting letter of April 23rd. The
details you inclosed about Jack London, "Ragnar Redbeard",
and _Might is Right_ appear completely unjustified.

1. The Bancroft Library has no copy whatsoever of _MIR_
either in manuscript or in print.

2. There are no London manuscripts in Bancroft which are
"withheld/unreleased/forbidden". Our London collection is
modest, fully catalogued, open to research, and, as it
happens, much of it is available on the web at:

3. There is no record of a Virginia Harner as a library
employee in any capacity at any time.

From the point of view of the Bancroft Library, Mr. LaVey's
claims are totally baseless. I cannot speculate on his
motives for making them.

Sincerely yours,
Anthony S. Bliss
Curator, Rare Books & Literary Manuscripts

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