Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien manuscript
- At 01:33 PM 12/30/2002 -0500, Carl Hostetter wrote:
>My recollection is that the figure of "2000" (!) MS pages is a grossPossibly the figure was intended by Drout to include the Beowulf lecture
>inflation. I would guess that there were at most a fifth of that
>number, but I don't have my Bodleian catalogue listing at hand to check.
notes that Wayne mentions?
Thank you for the comments on Drout's "Beowulf and the Critics" book, which
I haven't yet seen.
At 01:46 PM 12/30/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>Probably the biggestI've noticed before, among textual scholars, an occasional inability to
>head-scratcher is the hundred-plus pages of slavish representation of
>every strike-through, insertion, and alteration that Tolkien made, no
>matter how small, and without regard to whether the changes indicated
>reflect any significant change of thought on Tolkien's part (and the
>vast majority do not).
separate the significant from the insignificant in editing
manuscripts. ("What's the significance of that dot? Oh, it's a
flyspeck.") I tried for a reasonable approach in editing Williams's "The
Masque of the Termination of Copyright", silently amending the punctuation
and formatting to conform with the published editions of the earlier
Masques, and leaning heavily on the typed copy (made by a typist closely
familiar with Williams's work) for interpretation of ambiguities - though
there was one word which I concluded the typist had simply gotten wrong,
not counting simple typos. Such alternates as I did consider significant I
put in footnotes, but there weren't a lot of them.
- David Bratman