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July 24, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James D. Hart, university administrator, literary scholar, editor and author of "The Oxford Companion to American Literature," died of cancer Monday morning at his home in Berkeley. He was 79. A former vice chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of its Bancroft Library for the last 21 years, Hart was a scholar who pursued a wide range of interests--from contemporary American literature and California history to the study of American reading habits.
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July 24, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James D. Hart, university administrator, literary scholar, editor and author of "The Oxford Companion to American Literature," died of cancer Monday morning at his home in Berkeley. He was 79. A former vice chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of its Bancroft Library for the last 21 years, Hart was a scholar who pursued a wide range of interests--from contemporary American literature and California history to the study of American reading habits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1996
Some of those who knew William Saroyan have objected to the Saroyan Foundation's recent decision to consolidate the California writer's huge collection of manuscripts and memorabilia at Stanford University. The collection, they say, should have remained in Saroyan's hometown of Fresno and at UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, where he spent many fond hours with the late James D. Hart, his friend and the director of the Bancroft Library.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2003 | Carol Pogash, Special to The Times
After 11 years of research, a group of California historians announced Tuesday they have unraveled one of the most bedeviling hoaxes in recent American history, answering the question, "Who Made Drake's Plate of Brass?" Four researchers released a 17-page journal article pointing the finger at an obscure society of drinking men known as E. Clampus Vitus.
BOOKS
March 6, 1988 | ELENA BRUNET
While other presidential candidates have been at work on their autobiographies and political testaments (see pp. 8-9), Gary Hart's publishers have released instead a paperback edition of his second novel, "The Strategies of Zeus." While fictional disarmament talks stall in Geneva, 1987, political hawks in Moscow and Washington, with secret plans to test their most advanced missile systems (the Red Star and the Cyclops, respectively), want to see an end to "two decades of detente idiocy."
NEWS
February 4, 1994 | PATT MORRISON
In the first long-range study of those adorable sea otters, a research team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium has found that cute is only skin-deep. The 10,000 hours of work--the first long-range study of sea otter behavior, says the Contra Costa Times--found, among other things, a domestic crime wave atop the waves. Females are sometimes killed when males bite them on the nose during mating to keep from slip-sliding away; one male drowned a female by holding her under water for about 20 minutes.
NEWS
May 22, 1996 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When writer William Saroyan died 15 years ago at the Veteran's Hospital here, he left behind a treasure trove of unknown manuscripts and memorabilia that secured his legend as one of California's most prolific literary geniuses and pack rats. Hundreds of cardboard boxes were stuffed with unpublished novels, short stories, plays, essays, letters, line drawings--even pebbles and glass shards collected during his furious bike rides through the streets of his hometown.
BUSINESS
February 26, 1989 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
In San Francisco, the posh and proper restaurant Trader Vic's has always required men to wear jackets and ties. But customers balked, so several months ago it loosened the knot on its tie policy--although jackets are still a must. In Los Angeles, however, a far more laid-back Trader Vic's has never required jackets and ties. In fact, owners say, in Los Angeles it's tough enough just to keep some customers from wearing tennis shorts into the dining room.
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