Well, I finally pulled a major mistake in one of my books. Serious mistake. Want to put my head down and cry mistake.
I got a review on Amazon this morning from a “BM” — complimentary to the series as a whole, but he took me to task over mistaking Edith Evans for Susannah York in Tom Jones. I did indeed, as I put it in a comment responding to the review:
“BM is absolutely correct. I checked my rough drafts, and discover that I have made the terrible error of conflating the notes I took on Tom Jones on the two actresses. Edith Evans is bloody marvelous — as I raved about her in The Importance of Being Earnest in Volume 2, and will rave about her again, especially for The Whisperers, a very brave and deeply emotional performance, in v. 4. I will correct this error immediately. I apologize for the mistake. If I were on trial, I’d plead the fifth. If I were an alcoholic, I’d point at the fifth. As I am in my fifth decade, I can only point at my head and twirl my finger about my ear. I could also point at my five copy editors and proof readers, but it’s entirely my fault. Thank you so much for the constructive criticism, and for your readership of my books.”
Normally, I don’t respond to reviews, but I thought he deserved recognition, and I wanted to show folks I was human and had corrected the error.
The only thing I can figure out is that both Susannah York and Edith Evans are called “Miss Western” and I somehow confused the notes from the one for the other performance.
Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I will correct it soon.