Saturday, 1 September 2012

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin was a daily newspaper based in Honolulu, Hawaii. On July 1, 1912: The Hawaiian Star and Evening Bulletin merged to form the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Riley Allen became editor. Joseph Ballard Atherton and sons Charles H. and Frank Cooke became owners of the Star-Bulletin, the latter becoming the first president. Wallace Farrington became vice president and general business manager. In 1929, after Wallace Farrington completed eight years as territorial governor, Frank Cooke Atherton turned control of the Star-Bulletin over to Farrington, who was named president and publisher. Read more on Wikipedia

Lowry refers to the newspaper in his novel Ultramarine; "The Honolulu Star Bulletin says, "A name to conjure with". You see, unemolumented but monumental." (Pg. 95) Lowry has been attributed with "inventing" the word unemolumented (Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary IV ed. R.W. Burchfield). Lowry is joking that he may be monumental but received no compensation or salary for his work. There is a latter echo in the 1940 poem "All I conjure of names from oblivion." (Poem 253 The Collected Poetry of Malcolm Lowry).

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