The Study of Modern Manuscripts: Public, Confidential, and Private

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Perhaps no question is more fundamental to the discussion of a written work than that of the provenance and authority of the manuscript on which it is based. In The Study of Modern Manuscripts: Public, Confidential, and Private, eminent scholar Donald H. Reiman draws on thirty years of experience in editing the manuscripts of Shelley, Byron, and others to offer new insights into the scholarly use and analysis of postmedieval manuscripts. Reiman begins by distinguishing among the manuscript traditions of the ...
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Perhaps no question is more fundamental to the discussion of a written work than that of the provenance and authority of the manuscript on which it is based. In The Study of Modern Manuscripts: Public, Confidential, and Private, eminent scholar Donald H. Reiman draws on thirty years of experience in editing the manuscripts of Shelley, Byron, and others to offer new insights into the scholarly use and analysis of postmedieval manuscripts. Reiman begins by distinguishing among the manuscript traditions of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Romantic periods. He then sketches the historical developments that influenced both the changing nature of surviving manuscripts and the growth of interest in preserving the manuscript record. Over the course of the book's next four chapters he discusses in detail the nature and function of three classes of manuscript - the "private" or personal, the "confidential" or corporate, and the "public." Citing a wide variety of examples from both published and unpublished sources, Reiman shows how past failures to distinguish among these three classes of manuscript have misled editors and critics alike. In the course of the discussion he engages such issues as the relative authority of manuscripts and first editions; Paul de Man's reading of Shelley's "The Triumph of Life"; and the practice of substituting rejected early texts of Wordsworth's poems for the versions approved by the author. In the final chapter he outlines a "personalist poetics" designed to counter the "sterile abstractions" that have come to dominate much theoretical debate on poetry and fiction.
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A guide for scholars of history or literature, to interpreting handwritten documents of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Romantic periods. Emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between the three periods, and between the three types of manuscripts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801845901
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Pages: 208

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: Modern Manuscripts 1
Ch. 2 Interest in the Personal and the Collecting of Manuscripts 18
Ch. 3 Private, Confidential, and Public Manuscripts 38
Ch. 4 Private and Public Manuscripts: Authorial Intention and Reader Response 65
Ch. 5 Modern Manuscripts and the Published Text 90
Ch. 6 Modern Manuscripts and Personalist Poetics 119
Notes 151
Index 179
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