What is the “Page 99 Test”? CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Harvey G Cohen knows, having twice been invited to subject his work for scrutiny.
The “Page 99 Test” follows the maxim of American early 20th-century novelist Ford Madox Ford that one should: “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.” The test’s website has spotlighted dozens of new books over the last 11 years using that method.
It is accordingly revealed that page 99 of Cohen’s new book Who’s in the Money (2018) includes master choreographer Busby Berkeley and dozens of struggling Warner Bothers chorus girls. You can see Marshal Zeringue’s evaluation at: https://page99test.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/harvey-g-cohens-whos-in-money.html
Cohen also participated in the “Page 99 Test” for his first book Duke Ellington’s America in 2010: http://page99test.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/harvey-g-cohens-duke-ellingtons-america.html Our picture shows Cohen in action during a recent keynote address on Ellington at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.