Monthly Archives: June 2008

Abraham Lincoln to Harriet Beecher Stowe: “The author of this great war”

In every article on, or edition of, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the writer is obligated to observe that Lincoln greeted Stowe in the White House as the “little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” The exact quote–and … Continue reading

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Otlet, Mundaneum, Classification, Books, and the Web

The New York Times today posts an interesting story about Paul Otlet, who in 1934 (before Vannevar Bush) proposed a prototype with various resemblances to the web. Otlet’s “rĂ©seau” (he wrote in French) included interlinked browsing of documents, images, and … Continue reading

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A Comma and a Thought About Textual Transmission

When I transcribe type, I sometimes find myself lost in a morass of the details of physical reality. For example, in volume I of a copy of the 1852 Jewett edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, page 21, line 24-26, Haley … Continue reading

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