Lots of people have been linking to Rob Styles’s Bringing FRBR Down to Earth.
Wuthering Heights is a work by Emily Bronte, realized in a written expression of the same name. The written expression is embodied in several different manifestations each of which is exemplified by many items, one of which I hold in my hand.
… The difficulty I, and I suspect many others, have is that I don’t ever use any of those words. They’re too abstract to be useful. FRBR generalises its model and in that generalisation loses a great deal. Let’s talk about it using more natural language.
Wuthering Heights is a story by Emily Bronte. It was originally published as a novel in 1847 and has subsequently been made into a movie (several times) and re-published in many languages beyond its original English. It has been republished in many editions and as a part of many collections. It features several fictitious people including Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. The author, Emily Bronte, had sisters who authored several other novels, though she authored only this one. Emily Bronte is also the subject of several biographies. I have the paperback in my hand right now.
I don’t have any of those problems and think FRBR as it is, with extra labels for things, handles the situation quite clearly. Rob’s more human-readable version could easily be modelled by FRBR and using those words without the WEMI structure would confuse things. But then, I edit this blog, and I’m definitely not one of the many others who don’t ever use those words, so who knows?