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Making the Archives Talk New and Selected Essays in Bibliography, Editing, and Book History

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ISBN-10: 0271050675

ISBN-13: 9780271050676

Edition: 2012

Authors: James L. W. West

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Making the Archives Talk is a collection of twelve essays by the editor, biographer, bibliographer, and book historian James L. W. West III. In these essays West sets forth his views of editorial theory, archival use, textual emendation, and scholarly annotation. West has published editions of major writings by Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Styron. Drawing on these editions for examples, West defends intentionalist editing and the eclectic emendation of texts. He discusses the treatment of both public documents (novels, stories, and nonfiction) and private texts (letters, diaries, journals, and working papers). Highlights of the collection include "The Scholarly Editor as Biographer," "Editorial Theory and the Act of Submission," "Double Quotes and Double Meanings in Jennie Gerhardt," "Annotating Mr. Fitzgerald," and "The End Is Near." Two of the essays, "Toxic Words and the Editor" and "Keeper of the Flame: Editing the Literary Remains of William Styron," are previously unpublished.
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Book details

List price: $90.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 11/2/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.69" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Scholarly Editor as Biographer
Editorial Theory and the Act of Submission
Fair Copy, Authorial Intention, and Versioning
Alcohol and Drinking in Sister Carrie
Double Quotes and Double Meanings in Jennie Gerhardt
Editing Private Papers: Three Examples from Dreiser
Toxic Words and the Editor
Did F. Scott Fitzgerald Have the Right Publisher?
The Internal Chronology of Tender Is the Night
Annotating Mr. Fitzgerald
Keeper of the Flame: Editing the Literary Remains of William Styron
The End Is Near
Acknowledgments
Index