About three years ago, I reprinted (in multiple parts) R. Alain Everts essay, “The Life of William Hope Hodgson”. My reason for doing this was not for any personal gain but to share the knowledge within what I believed (and still believe) to be one of the most important biographical essays on Hodgson. Due to the limited appearance of the original essay, it had not been seen by many readers and I hoped that my reprinting it would not only spread the information contained in Everts’ article but would hopefully encourage others to take that work further.
However, what I did NOT do was contact Mr. Everts before reprinting that essay and gain his permission. This was an egregious error on my part which I can only chalk up to my enthusiasm over the article and desire to share it. Regardless of my motives, I did not perform my due diligence in this matter given that the copyright for the article is now, and always has been, owned by Mr. Everts.
I have removed the posts reprinting the article. I apologize profusely to Mr. Everts and to all of the readers of this blog for my error in judgment. I encourage other Hodgson scholars to seek out Mr. Everts original publication of the article as it is extremely helpful in getting a biographical understanding of WHH’s life.
In the future, I vow that any copyrighted material that appears on this blog is approved by the copyright holders.
I have always tried to comport myself honestly and professionally in all of my public and private matters. Sadly, no one is perfect and mistakes are often made. When I have made mistakes, I freely admit them as I am doing here.
Again, my deepest apologies to Mr. Everts and all of those who read this blog regularly.
I am pleased to announce that I have received permission from R. Alain Everts to keep his excellent article, “The Life of William Hope Hodgson”, up on this blog! I am very appreciative to Mr. Everts for extending this permission and glad that it can remain available for all readers and future WHH scholars.
The article is broken up into 8 parts. The first of which is here:https://williamhopehodgson.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/the-life-of-william-hope-hodgson-part-1/You can read the other parts by following the “Next Post” links at the bottom.It is my sincere hope that this will lead to new works by Mr. Everts on WHH in the future either on this blog or in other publications.
3 responses to “An Apology”
These things happen, it sounds as if you simply let your enthusiasm for WHH run away with you beyond the bounds of copyright. His response to the whole episode presents Mr Everts in a good light as a generous individual.
I’m thankful that he was very gracious about the whole thing and hopeful to work with him more in the future.
Hello from fans in NYC!!! My husband spent his working life sailing the world for Maersk, as a merchant seaman. Now retired… sometimes, when we are tucked up in bed, he loves to hear me read aloud from WHH. I so enjoy the way Hodgson’s stories start by setting the scene, sometimes the narrator is looking back, telling of the ‘strange and horrifying events’ aboard the ship. The voyage goes well, and then…..the chills slowly….Of course this wonderful device makes the reader relax, while slowly introducing the elements that build, and make for a truly scary read. And, as far as the non-nautical tales..those phantom piggies (!!) Really not the kind you’d ever want for a pet!!! Enough to make this reader give up bacon forever! :-))