I have become aware of something mysterious going on. It is people referring to Marjory Stoneman
Douglas' book Everglades: River of Grass as River of Grass .
The first few times this happened I didn't pay much attention but after the sixth and seventh I woke up.
I tried contacting some of these people. They said "Doesn't everyone do this ?". Well, no, most people are not trying to change the title of a book. Even innocently. In my many years in the book business I have never heard of an instance of people trying to change the title of a book.
Then it occurred to me. It's a conspiracy. Some mysterious organization must be behind this. What are they doing ? They are leaving out the word "Everglades". They must be trying to diminish the idea of the Everglades itself. How diabolical. Why are they doing this ? I can't see power or glory involved; it can only be money. That points to the wicked sugar barons, the land developers, and their craven minions, the politicians.
|A new item. On May 7th 2009 I received a copy of the May issue of the Miami Monthly magazine. It featured an article about the history of Miami. In the paragraph about Everglades National Park I came across a sentence saying that awareness of the park was boosted by publication of "River of Grass".|
|Another. Looking through the net I came across this web page: Marjory Douglas on the website of the American Park Network about MSD. Here they first call the book Everglades: River of Grass but two subsequent times they call it River of Grass. On 8 May 2009 I left them a comment about this on their site. Checking back several months later (August 2009) I see they posted my query on their page but have not corrected their error.|