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The material in this document, not originally part of the 6th edition of my autobiography, has been added as an appendix to that edition. This appendix may be useful for future autobiographical, biographical and historical work. Since such a substantial part of my life has been spent compiling and utilizing notebooks in my teaching, my personal study, and my personal writing, that it seemed relevant to include this commentary on my notebooks in this 6th edition of my memoirs or autobiography.
Notebook is the general name I give to each hard copy file that I now have in my study, and in my computer, and to the files I once had as a teacher and student as far back as 1949. One can spend much time defining precisely what constitutes a file or a notebook. I do that in several places in my literary resource base and especially in this Volume 5 of my Notebooks. This Volume 5 of my Notebooks focuses on the Notebooks of other writers and provides an overview of some 300 of my own Notebooks.
Insensibly, after I completed the first edition of my autobiography Pioneering Over Four Epochs in 1993, and as the next 21 years(1993 to 2014) ran their course, I became aware of the importance of the Notebooks of other writers as models for my own. The literary genre Notebooks needed, it seemed to me, some context as one of my literary products, an important part of my total literary oeuvre in all its forms. It was my hope that I might learn a few things from these other writers and, as a result, describe and define as precisely as I needed to do the concept of Notebook.