«There is no publishing house on earth with enough editors and fact checkers to delve deeply into archives to see if an author is right. That simply does not happen. Scholars are assumed to be acting like bona fide scholars, not partisan hacks with an ideological agenda. /7
The people who catch archival flubs are historians, not publishing houses, nearly all the time. Yes, this does happen. The difference here is Wolf got caught early and may now have time to correct her book. Though the centrality of her debunked claim seems central to her work. /8
That said, Oxford needs to be asked some questions immediately, since Wolf’s book is based on her recent PhD dissertation. Which now clearly needs to be reexamined to check for archival accuracy.
The university, not the publishing house, is the one really on the hook here.»