The Marks in the Fields: Essays on the Uses of Manuscripts by Rodney G. DennisThe Marks in the Fields: Essays on the Uses of Manuscripts by Rodney G. Dennis

The Marks in the Fields: Essays on the Uses of Manuscripts

EditorRodney G. DenniswithElizabeth A. Falsey

Paperback | March 31, 2005

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Harvard's Houghton Library in 1992, Curator of Manuscripts Rodney Dennis asked a stellar cast of critics, historians, and curators to write on items selected from the library's rich trove of manuscripts, which ranges from the papyrus fragments and ostraca of Antiquity to the papers of such modern figures as Elizabeth Bishop and Leon Trotsky. The result was Marks in the Fields, an extraordinary collection of essays by the likes of Helen Vendler, Christopher Ricks, and Lawrence Buell, which, in Dennis's words, combine to highlight "the natural patterns" found in manuscripts of all times and places, patterns that "go on occurring, everywhere and forever astonishing the mind."

Rodney G. Dennis is the retired Curator of Manuscripts at Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library.
Title:The Marks in the Fields: Essays on the Uses of ManuscriptsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 10.98 × 7.99 × 0.03 inPublished:March 31, 2005Publisher:Harvard

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Table of Contents

Richard Wendorf


1. A Note about Jean Mabillon
(MS Typ 592)
Rodney G. Dennis

PART I: The Establishment of Text

2. Motets Recovered from a Binding
(fMS Typ 122)
Margaret Bent

3. An Aristotelian Excursion
(MS Lat 39, MS Typ 233, MS Gr 17)
R. J. Tarrant

PART II: The Development of Text

4. A New Work by John Wyclif?
(fMS Lat 338)
Seminar in the
Auxiliary Disciplines
of Medieval Studies

5. Reading Keats in Manuscript
(MS Keats 2.27)
Helen Vendler

6. A Variant in Traki's Trompeten
(fMS Get 171.1)
Bernard BÖschenstein

7. ALEXANDER POPE, An Essay on Man, Epistles I-III
(fMS Eng 233.1)
Richard Wendorf

8. The Two Versions of Henry James's
The American
(fMS Am 1237)
Rodney G. Dennis

9. Attributions in a Manuscript of
Imitatio Christi
(MS Lat 246)
James E. Walsh

10. Thomas Chatterton Three Poems
(fMS Eng 1279 (2))
Elizabeth Falsey

11. On the Faneuil Hall Resolutions of 5 November 1845
(bMS Am 1704.13 (130))
David Herbert Donald

12. Non-Authorial Revisions in the Page-Proofs for Evangeline
Richard Marius

13. Manuscript Evidence: A Case of Authorship Vindicated
(bMS Am 1883 (1336))
Richard S. Kennedy

14. The Master of the Harvard Hannibal
(MS Richardson 32)
Roger S. Wieck

PART III: The History of the Manuscript

15. La Bible historiale de Charles V
(fMS Typ 555)
François Avril

16. A Psalter from St. Riquier
(MS Typ 311)
Paul Meyvaert and Michel Huglo

17. Buying and Selling a Manuscript of
De Civitate Dei
(fMS Typ 728)
Rodney G. Dennis

18. Ptolemy's Geography in the Renaissance
(MS Typ 50)
James Hankins

19. Boswell's Life of Johnson:
The Houghton Manuscript Leaves
(X-78M48 (1))
Mary Hyde Eccles

20. The Provenance of the Harvard Shelley Manuscripts
(MS Eng 258.2)
Donald H. Reiman

21. The Gillman-Harvard Manuscript of
The Death of Wallenstein
(fMS Eng 947.6)
Walter Grossmann

22. The Travels of the Trotsky Archive
(bMS Russian 13)
Douglas W. Bryant

PART IV: The Nature of the Manuscript

23. A Twelfth-Century Manuscript in Reshaped Boards
(MS Typ 194)
Rodney G. Dennis

24. Discard or Masterpiece? Mallarmé's Le
(MS Fr 270)
Barbara Johnson

25. St. Bonaventure, Commentary on the
Second Book of Peter Lombard's Sentences(MS Lat 265)
Laura Light

26. Dickinson's Fascicles
(bMS Am 1118)
Sharon Cameron

27. On R. W. Emerson's 2 March 1835
Letter to Lydia Jackson
(bMS Am 1280.226 (1773))
Lawrence Buell

28. Ashbery and Popeye
(Ashbery papers: AM 6)
Helen Vendler

29. Rearranging the Manuscript of Jubilate Agno
(fMS Eng 719)
W. H. Bond

30. Elizabeth Bishop, The Map
Christopher Ricks

31. Heightened and Un-heightened Neumes:
an Eleventh-Century Missal Fragment
(Hofer bequest: uncatalogued)
David G. Hughes

32.Lamartine's Graziella and Le Premier Regret
(MS Fr 107.1 and MS Fr 107.2)
Jean Bruneau

33. Henry James, The Awkward Age
Roger E. Stoddard

34. The Billy Budd Manuscript
(MS Am 1888 (363))
Warner Berthoff

35. Ostracon Harvardianum 2
(Ostraca 2)
Gerald M. Browne

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