The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 61, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 25, 1984 Page: 5 of 6
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Arts & Entertainment
The North Texas Daily
Wednesday, January 25,1984
Library displays signature collection
By KATHY GITTINGS
The Willis Library is exhibiting a collection of
signatures through February of authors, musicians,
poets and statesmen. The collection is titled "Photo-
graphs and Inscriptions from the Rare Book Room
and Texana Collections."
Although many of the books are signed by the
author, Martin Sarvis of the library staff said all are
not rare or valuable.
"Whether the signature in a book is valuable
depends on the quality of the work, the recognition
of the author and the scarcity of the signature," he
"For example, John Masefield, poet laureate in
By TONYA McMURRAY
Stephen King's tenth novel, "Pet Sematary," is
the kind of book that was made for rainy Sunday
afternoons, when the usual Sunday afternoon sport-
ing events and movies are too dull to merit even a
As the story opens, Dr. Louis Creed and his family
are moving from Chicago to Ludlow, Maine, where
Louis has accepted a job as administrator of a cam-
In back of the Creed's home is a path which leads
to a pet cemetery where generations of children have
buried their pets. But deep in the woods behind the
pet cemetery there is another cemetery—an ancient
Indian burial ground which holds ancient, evil secrets.
Louis is warned to stay away from the burial ground
by the ghost of a young boy who died in the campus
hospital, but when Church, the family cat dies, he
ignores the warning and buries the animal in the Indian
Louis is told he goes to the burial ground "because
the burial ground is a secret place and you want to
share the secret . . . .You make up reasons ... but
mostly you do it because you want to. Or because
you have to."
Louis's trip to the burial ground begins a relation-
ship with the supernatural that leads to a climax of
The suspense in "Pet Sematary" begins early and
builds steadily throughout the book, making the book
very hard to put down once you have started reading
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The exhibition is divided into three categories. The
first section contains books by poets or writers issued
in limited editions and signed, including books by
Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather and William
"We have inscriptions as well," Sarvis said,
"where the author actually wrote a note to someone,
such as a book by Joseph Conrad where he wrote a
note to Congressman Balfour, who later became prime
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This section of the exhibit also contains autographed
letters from Karl Stumpf and Jefferson Davis. There
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Another category in the exhibit includes books that
are not written by the person who signed them.
"The books are generally out of the libraries of
the famous people who owned them," he said. "They
contain notes in the margins."
Included in the exhibit arc examples of signatures
of Texas illustrators and authors Jose Cisneros, Merritt
Mauzey and Tom Lee/who wrote and illustrated
"The King Ranch."
Sarvis said the library had a similar exhibit one
and a half years ago that was popular.
"We don't actively collect signatures in the Rare
Book Room," he said, "but we do have a number
of these that need to be protected while on exhibit."
Visiting ceramist displays ideas
By TONYA McMURRAY
Graham Marks, a ceramist, spoke Monday at a
slide lecture titled "Looking For Ideas." The lec-
ture was part of the Visiting Artist Series sponsored
by the University Union Fine Arts Committee.
Marks spoke about what he called source ideas
for his work. Me showed slides of various things
that he finds inspirational.
The slides were a visual investigation into recur-
rent themes in his work, Marks said. He divided
the themes into seven catagories: coils, spirals,
entrances, interiors, stratification, decay and the
interaction between natural and man-made objects.
In the coils catagory, Marks showed slides of
such things as baskets, rows of sugar cane and
"I find these things instructive in that they get
you started thinking 'What if?'."
From the spirals catagory, Marks showed slides
of sea shells, a whirlpool and a galaxy. The spi-
rals symbolize the process of growth, he said.
In the exteriors and interiors catagories, Marks
showed slides of architecture, caves and burial
The significance of these types of structures is
that it communicates the idea that "the interior
space is very different from the exterior space,"
In the stratification catagory. Marks showed
slides of watermelons, termite mounds and a moun-
tain road. This catagory refleced his interest "in
pattern coming from structure," he said.
Slides from the decay catagory showed skele-
tons and buildings. Marks said he is interested in
the way the passage of time and decay reveal some-
thing about construction.
The last catagory dealt with the relationship
between man-made and natural c
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Johnson, Jacque. The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 61, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 25, 1984, newspaper, January 25, 1984; Denton, TX. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth332612/m1/5/: accessed April 2, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.