The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1444 Thursday 19 August 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 17 Aug 1999 17:14:20 +0100
Subject: 10.1432 SHK 10.1444
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1432 SHK 10.1444
>The Norton 'facsimile' is one of the great works of modern
>American fiction. (Terence Hawkes)
Okay, I'll bite...
Supposing the printers messed up the first run of _That Shakespeherian
Rag_ and managed to mix some pages used for proofing in with the pages
sent for binding.
Worse, some paragraphs were out of sequence, others had computer
'garbage' where the author's disks were inexpertly converted from DOS to
Macintosh format, and-shades of Robert Miola's situation-bits of
quotation were even improperly attributed. And supposing no-one realized
(or cared) for ever such a long time. Finally, in an effort to recover
what the author was really on about, some readers put together surviving
bits of the book to see if they could distinguish good from bad pages
and so undo the damage. Would their composite be another work of
'fiction', or simply an attempt to recover what the book should have
been if the author had been blessed with a perfect printing service?
Perhaps Terry would cheerfully accord his overdetermined,
non-authorially botched, object a life of its own beyond the principle
of authorial thrift. I suspect that the errors-if there are any-in the
first printing of _That Shakespeherian Rag_ would be corrected by him in
subsequent printings. It's hardly fair to keep to oneself authorial
rights over the written object but to deny the rights of other authors,
dead or alive.