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

Paperback | April 28, 2015

byJames L. W. West III

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Making the Archives Talk is a collection of twelve essays by 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. He 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“Toxic Words and the Editor” and “Keeper of the Flame: Editing the Literary Remains of William Styron,” are previously unpublished.

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Making the Archives Talk is a collection of twelve essays by 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. He has published editions of major writings by Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fi...

James L. W. West III is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University and general editor of Penn State Studies in the History of the Book. He has published some twenty scholarly editions—among them editions of Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie and Jennie Gerhardt; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.37 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271050683

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1 The Scholarly Editor as Biographer

2 Editorial Theory and the Act of Submission

3 Fair Copy, Authorial Intention, and Versioning

4 Alcohol and Drinking in Sister Carrie

5 Double Quotes and Double Meanings in Jennie Gerhardt

6 Editing Private Papers: Three Examples from Dreiser

7 Toxic Words and the Editor

8 Did F. Scott Fitzgerald Have the Right Publisher?

9 The Internal Chronology of Tender Is the Night

10 Annotating Mr. Fitzgerald

11 Keeper of the Flame: Editing the Literary Remains of William Styron

12 The End Is Near

Acknowledgments

Index

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“This collection of essays is enthralling to read for many reasons: the author’s unique perspective on book history, his insight into the field of scholarly editing, and, especially, a scholar’s detailed use of archival collections.”

—Cheryl Oestreicher, Archival Issues