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For those of you wondering at my long lay off
from this blog, I've been correcting proofs and
wondering, Is there no end to error?
But now ARTIFICE, RUSE & ERDNASE:
The Search For One Who May Not Want To Be
Found is in the hands of the printer, and I'm
starting a series of blogs to answer the question,
Who Was Erdnase?
The answer is we don't know. He wrote under
a pseudonym and his full identity remains a mystery.
ARTIFICE, RUSE & ERDNASE* is about the
attempts to solve the mystery, my own efforts included.
He is an enigmatic figure, a lively writer notable for
a bracing honesty and an unfairly forgotten part
of Chicago history. In the postings to come, I'll go
into all that about S. W. Erdnase which fascinates us.
*S. W. Erdnase was the author of The Expert at the Card Table,
also known as Artifice, Ruse & Subterfuge at the Card Table.
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