William (Wm.) Howell Williams
Does anyone know anything about this curious character whose incredibly bizarre book “Sonnetical Notes on Philosophy” – apparently published in April 1901 – was reviewed by A.C. in “The Equinox” under the name Lemuel S. Innocent in a piece entitled “A Literatooroolalooral Treasure-Trove” (for those who do not have the eleven volumes, it can be found in “Gems”, pages 889 to 903.)
I thought it might have been a case of A.C. reviewing his own work - that possibility is quite conceivable, knowing his record - but it is again just as likely the book really exists/existed and was written by this same WHW. As A.C. himself remarked, “I feel sure that it was the author’s own copy: for I cannot believe that any one else would have had one.”(!)
Is this book extant? Did WHW write anything else? And what is known of his life in general? (N.B. There is a WHW listed on Wiki, 1881-1959 whch would have made him a precocious 20 at the time of publishing, but I’m sure the original WHW is not the Professor of Advanced (relativity, quantum) Physics at Berkeley of his interesting namesake listed there). I was going to enquire more into the matter at the British Library but a fire alarm/drill interfered with any further lodging of the request and for some reason I never got around to completing the manoeuvre & it went completely out of my mind.
Norma N. Joy Conquest
You can read the book for free on this link:
which may, or may not, spur further research.
I've just read the Introduction. It's hilarious! Don't think I could make it all the way through the whole book without hanging myself though. Hopefully Crowley was right and only one copy was ever made.
Well fan me down! It does exist! (I shall look forward to curling up with it with a cup of cocoa at some later date…for a few minutes, anyway!)
Many thanks J,
This chap is even better than McGonagall! Love it!