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It came to my attention that we should be providing updates to our generous donors, and to all interested parties, on the progress of the Chinese Culture Series and our goal of turning these valuable works into eBooks.

In this regard it is easier to do this by newsletter than to send out ad-hoc updates. Therefore, perhaps every two months we will send a newsletter to our subscribers, donors and friends.

Certainly, if you receive this newsletter and have no wish to do so then please unsubscribe through the bottom link of the newsletter.

And, equally so, it would be great if it could be passed around and/or others are pointed towards the newsletter signup at our website of http://www.williamdolby.com

 

Today, the funding campaign to create eBooks of the 33 volumes of the Chinese Culture Series, has had a positive boost. Two very kind donors have donated to the fund and slowly but surely the mountain is being scaled. One rock at a time.

Currently we have reached 360 pounds of the 20,000 Pound goal.

As a ships engineer and then as a ships casualty investigator, I have spent my working life (still a few years to go), attacking problems head-on: finding cause, isolating it and fixing it, quickly and under immense pressure to do so (drifting in rough seas is no fun). This current project has therefore been an exercise in patience, waiting for a sufficient amount to begin has been like watching a kettle boil - a very large one with the plug out. But I realise that I am expecting too much and that in situations like this I have to walk away for a while: as with the kettle, walk away and it soon boils. In fact, every time I turn my head a new surge starts which is fantastic.

I hope the dream will occur. Perhaps if we reach 1000 pounds, an initial start can be made on the first book, No28 Chinese Allusions, which we have already run out of print copies of. This could be a test run, a working exercise to see how the digitisation will go. And upon completion, to those who are interested, I can send a complimentary copy - all comments on its layout and design are then very welcome and appreciated as a precursor to the other 32 volumes.

I am keen to go ahead with this large project. I know, as most will, that if Bill's books are not turned into eBooks that his enormous achievement and legacy will slowly but surely vanish. So, it is with a great many thanks to those who have donated already, it is a small but bright light at the end of a long tunnel.

Fingers crossed.

 

In order to ensure the widest spread of Bill's works we are donating what we have available of the Chinese Culture Series to various Libraries. This is our attempt to take the books to where they belong - to the students themselves.

We have currently donated many works to the SOAS, University of London Library, to Edinburgh University Library, Leeds Brotherton Library and in-hand to do so at Oxford. The Royal Shakespeare Society have also taken one of every volume available and we are now in-touch with the Cambridge and Washing Universities.

Should any other university library or association wish to have some or all of the series then please do get in touch with us at your earliest convenience. The various volumes for donation can be found at http://www.williamdolby.com/publications/product-listings but we can only give what we have. e.g. No28, Chinese Allusions is no longer available in print with others reaching the single digit numbers.

Thanks

Ieuan Dolby

Since my father passed away and my desire to have all that he created out in the open I have been in touch with many of his past students, those that he taught and later those that he became lifelong friends with.

It is interesting to learn where many of his students have headed, for example Beatrice Otto who studied with Bill to research and write the highly acclaimed book 'Fools Are Everywhere', published by Chicago University Press.

Certainly my world has been opened up and I say 'many thanks' to those who have assisted to collate and advise me in my quest to pull Bills work together.