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

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

by James L. W. West III

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ISBN-13: 9780271050683
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Series: Penn State Series in the History of the Book , #16
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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 and Trimalchio; and William Styron’s Inheritance of Night and Letters to My Father. West’s books include American Authors and the Literary Marketplace Since 1900 (1988), William Styron: A Life (1998), and The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King (2005). He has been awarded fellowships and grants from the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Academy in Rome. West has held Fulbright appointments in England at Cambridge University and in Belgium at the Université de Liège.

Table of Contents


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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



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