The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1996
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IU2 SUNDAY. OCTOBER 27, 1996 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL LITERATURE Dictionary covers art from A to Z The Associated Press Editor Jane Shoaf Turner poses with some of the "Dictionary of Art." Three thousand of the 34-volume sets already have been sold, and the remaining 3,000 sets are expected to sell also. With 36 volumes and a $9,140-pricetag, not every home will have it By GRAHAM HEATHCOTE Tlie Associated Press LONDON — The new "Dictionary of Art" may not have the very last word on architecture and fine art, but at 36 volumes, it's comes close. With a $9,140 price tag, itproba- bly won't be found on the bookcases of most homes, but half of the first print run of 6,000 sets has already been sold, mostly to universities and museums, publishers Macmillan says. "It's been a long haul but worth it," said editor Jane Shoaf Turner, of Cleveland, Ohio, who spearheaded the effort along with her deputy, Diane Portenberry, of Jackson, Miss. The dictionary, published Wednesday in London, was one of the world's biggest publishing projects. It has 30,388 pages plus 1,081 additional pages for the index, which fills all of volume 34. The big book took 14 years to complete at a cost of $51 million. "We hope to recoup our costs by the year 2007," said Nicholas Byam Shaw, chairman of publishers Macmillan. He said only a privately owned firm like his could have done it. To produce the book, about 100 people worked in offices on six floors of two buildings in London. "There is a certain thing about Americans," Shaw said, referring to the two U.S. editors. "They have this work ethic. They give you an exceptional amount of perseverance and long-term determination." The art dictionary has 41,000 articles by 6,802 scholars from 120 countries and 15,000 illustrations. Every article written before 1994 was returned to its author in 1995 for updating. "Some authors had died by then so other hands were called in," said Turner, who studied art at New York University and is a specialist in northern European paint-^ ings and drawings. ">*• 1 "The statistics set the scene, when I talk about them the eye my audience tend to glaze over ter 90 seconds," she said. "The dictionary is in Engl English and I'm already ha\ trouble at home with Amerij English," she added. Fortenberry said she wasn't i aware of what the job would enl "I was in charge of China. China article is 980,000 words.; would get letters with clippittjijf^ asking if we had seen what had ji%>| been dug up in China and couldt^**" get it in," Fortenberry said. BRIEFLY Pope salutes pilgrims while convalescing VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II, convalescing after an appendectomy, made a brief public appearance Saturday, the day before he officially resumes his pastoral duties. Saluting pilgrims from his window over St. Peter's Square, JOHN PAUL II the pope recalled JunnrAUi-ii anearthquake that killed nearly 1,000 people in the Friuli region of northeastern Italy 20 years ago. "The memory of the terrible event... invites us to thank the Lord for the happy reconstruction, made possible above all by the initiative and tenacity of the Friulian people," he said. Many of the 10,000 pilgrims in the square came from dioceses in the region. The 76-year-old pontiff had an appendectomy Oct. 8. The Vatican said he would preside over a divine liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday to honor the 350th anniversary of the adherence of a group of Orthodox Christians to the Holy See. 5 die, 15 injured in Russian plane crash MOSCOW — A Russian passenger plane crashed Saturday while trying to land in western Siberia, killing five people and injuring 15, officials said. 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