When I posted R. H. Grenville’s “Joy Is a Bird,” I received a comment from a woman in South Africa, Louise Saayman, whose mother used to buy the British Woman’s Weekly magazine. Way back in the early 1970s, Louise stumbled upon R. H. Grenville’s “Joy Would Be Such,” and clipped it out. Captivated by Grenville’s poetry, she has kept the clipping, and has now shared it with us. Like so many clippings, though, the full bibliographic information is not available. All she can tell us is that this poem appeared in Woman’s Weekly, sometime between 1971 and 1974…
Joy Would Be Such
Subsequent to my posting L. Adams Beck’s story yesterday, our research director Carole Gerson suggested I look for other illustrators and authors online to try to determine which magazine these four stories were published in. Lo and behold, Ida Kahn’s “Daughters of Cathay” is catalogued online in the FictionMags Index. Having discovered the title of the magazine, Asia: The American Magazine on the Orient, I then found an actual copy of one of the issues containing L. Adams Beck’s writing for purchase at AbeBooks. Tempting, but no…
So, the correct bibliographic information for the four articles is as follows:
Beck, L. Adams [Elizabeth Louisa Moresby Beck]. “A Court Lady in Old Japan.” Asia: The American Magazine on the Orient (December 1920): 1041-46.
—. “The Emperor and the Silk Goddess.” Asia: The American Magazine on the Orient (February 1921): 141-45+.
—. “The Flute of Krishna.” Asia: The American Magazine on the Orient (January 1922): 28-32.
—. “Wisdom Which is One With Love.” Asia: The American Magazine on the Orient (September 1922): 733-38+.
Beck, L. Adams. “The Emperor and the Silk Goddess.” January 1922. Miscellaneous 1941. Held by Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Call # Quarto DS 809.J47 vol. 13, no. 7.
This piece is a little long, but I wanted to post it because of its interesting provenance. Somewhere, there is a reference to a publication by L. Adams Beck entitled “A Court Lady of Old Japan.” Our wonderful inter-library loan specialists at SFU searched long and hard and located a book at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, which contained an article by that name. When the volume arrived, imagine our delight to discover that there were in fact four articles by L. Adams Beck included. The downside is that the volume is composed of clippings, bound together nicely, but not labelled. We have no idea where the articles were originally published; only the date can be determined from the running header, and that in only three of the four cases. I have decided to post “The Emperor and the Silk Goddess,” as it is the most narrative of the articles. “A Court Lady in Old Japan” (December 1920) is a critical biography; “Wisdom Which is One With Love” (undated) is theological, as well as having the final column shaved at the edge; and “The Flute of Krishna” (September 1922) is not as well written a narrative as “The Emperor…”
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