It took 17 years of typing with two fingers, searching libraries and museums both near and far, seeking help from friends across the country, coordinating citations by dozens of authors in multiple languages, tracking down obscure documents, cross-referencing, double-checking and verifying to produce the giant book Ernest A. Liner of Houma first held in his hands this month.
“It’s a true labor of love,” said the book’s co-editor, Kraig Adler, biology professor and chairman of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University in New York. “Few people would stick with one project for 17 years.”
The 85-year-old Liner, an amateur herpetologist, donated major portions of the past two decades of his life to compiling a 1,400-page reference guide to literature included or cited in the 22-volume “Biology of the Reptilia” series. The book offers a complete cross-index to a series that encompasses works by 169 authors from 21 countries, filling an entire shelf, Adler said.
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