Typed letter signed, regarding the pronunciation and indexing of his name.10 December 1935 Stock Code: 131928
NotesA signed letter from Hayek to Charles E. Funk, editor of The Literary Digest, apparently in response to an enquiry into the proper pronunciation of his name: "In terms of the Phonetic Alphabet of the International Phonetic Association the correct pronunciation of my name would be rendered by 'Hai-ek'". Hayek goes on to say that it would be a great service if Funk could draw attention among American cataloguers and indexers to the fact that the prefix "von" is a nobility title and should not be capitalized, and moreover, that to index Hayek's name under "von Hayek" would be akin to an English knight being indexed under "S" for "sir". Funk has annotated the letter to draw attention to the main points. Overall the letter is a noteworthy Hayekian artefact, not least because on all three points which antagonized Hayek in 1935 - the proper pronunciation of "Hayek", capitalizing "von", and indexing him under "von Hayek" - mistakes are still widely made in print and the media.
Folded bifolium, typed on one page only; blue letterhead of Hayek's Hampstead home.
Staple hole at top edge. In very good condition.
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