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Work of Revision

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ISBN-10: 0674073126

ISBN-13: 9780674073128

Edition: 2013

Authors: Hannah Sullivan

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Revision might seem to be an intrinsic part of good writing. But Hannah Sullivan argues that we inherit our faith in the virtues of redrafting from early-twentieth-century modernism. Closely examining changes made in manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs by T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and others, she shows how modernist approaches to rewriting shaped literary style, and how the impulse to touch up, alter, and correct can sometimes go too far.In the nineteenth century, revision was thought to mar a composition’s originality—a prejudice cultivated especially by the Romantics, who believed writing should be spontaneous and organic, and that rewriting…    
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 322
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Hannah Sullivan is an Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow in English at New College, Oxford, and is based in London, England. She was born in 1979. She graduated from Harvard with a PhD in English and American Literature in 2008. She was an Assistant Professor in English at Stanford University. Her first book is entitled The Work of Revision, published in 2013. It was awarded the 2014 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy, and the 2015 University English Prize for a first book. She is also a poet. Her debut collection is entitled Three Poems. It was published in September 2018. She won the 2018 T S Eliot Prize for poetry with her collection, Three Poems.

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