Monthly Archives: June 2009

Timpany and the Fish

Stephen Jay Gould in “An Earful of Joy” recalls a moment of rapture while rehearsing Berlioz’s Tuba Mirem at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony. The “thunder of the timpany [….] entered the wooden risers under my feet and rose from … Continue reading

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Misspacing as misspelling: modernization and “The man ‘s mine”

In the 2-volume John P. Jewett edition, thin spaces precede the apostrophe in contractions. So one has “I[thinsp]’ll” or “he[thinsp]’d.” Negative contractions have the thin space before the n, so “could[thinsp]n’t” “should[thinsp]n’t etc. But the edition has no space before … Continue reading

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Errors in Chapter I of John P. Jewett’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin

During the process of collating four early versions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, I have been able to identify some passages in the most commonly reprinted text of John P. Jewett’s 1852 2-volume edition that from many editorial perspectives could be … Continue reading

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Part III: In which a hyphen is not a space

This is third in a series of six, and possibly seven, posts with the provisional title “Marking Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Typography, Race, and Textual Transmission.” See Part I: In which a space is not a space if you’d like to … Continue reading

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