Matthew Barton has Last Word in ‘Lost Delta’

A sham controversy stirred up by Robert Gordon and Bruce Nemerov to cull notoriety for their book, Lost Delta Found, has been definitively sorted out in a scholarly and sobering review article by Matthew Barton, appearing in Western Folklore (Summer 2007). While he applauds the publication of John Work’s unfinished report on the Coahoma County study, Barton catalogs a long list of omissions, instances of poor scholarship, and misleading but unsupported assertions about Alan Lomax’s relationship with Work on the part of the authors. Barton has been employed for several years at the Library of Congress, where most of the Fisk/Lomax/Work correspondence concerning the project resides. Download the article here. (.pdf)

Originally posted: June 30, 2007