From the Authors Guild blog:
Yesterday, we began an effort to dig in more deeply to the HathiTrust list of “orphan works” candidates.
These two jump out as a bit too easy.
Wikipedia does the heavy lifting in re-uniting an “orphan” with the first author. According to the site, “Albert Bandura is widely described as the greatest living psychologist.” He’s the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University. The Stanford Daily wrote about him in March. The HathiTrust orphan work candidate is his 1959 book, co-authored with Richard H. Walters, “Adolescent Aggression: A Study of the Influence of Child-Training Practices and Family Interrelationships.”
James Gould Cozzens, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1949 novel “Guard of Honor,” left his literary estate to Harvard, according to Copyright Office records and the well-known WATCH list (Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders) maintained by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas and the University of Reading.
The “orphan work candidate” is the author’s first novel, “Confusion.”
The rights owners here seem a bit too obvious in each of these cases, making us wonder whether there’s something unusual about these books. We’ll see what we find.