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Annotating Nineteenth Century American Foods

Today I decided to annotate Aunt Chloe’s “tea rusks” and the “seed-cake” with which someone is often plying little Harry. And I stumbled across this wonderful digital repository of nineteenth-century cookbooks, Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project, which is … Continue reading

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“The worst use you can put a man to is to hang him.” Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

As far as I know (and I’ve checked several editions, including Diller’s Broadview; the two Nortons, Ammons’ and Gates-Robbins’, and the two Oxfords, Sklar’s and Hedrick’s–the five most extensively annotated editions), no editor of Uncle Tom’s Cabin has identified the … Continue reading

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Black Sam’s “Evident and Eminent”: Stowe’s Theological Joke or a Typo?

In the National Era, when Haley seeks to catch Eliza and her child Harry, Sam boasts to Andy in Haley’s hearing–after the ludicrous episode with the beech nut and Haley’s horse–about his expectation for the “evident and imminent success of … Continue reading

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Geez, this is difficult

I’ve spent the day making corrections to transcriptions, and geez it’s difficult. Not corrections, exactly, because what I’m doing is attempting to record the characteristic qualities of individual copies, such as type damage. I’m working with three copies of Uncle … Continue reading

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Why I’m a Scholarly Editor

Occasion for this Short Essay: For first-year experience, Kent State University invites students to short session with professor during welcome weekend. The book for summer reading was This I Believe. Because last fall I thought it my responsibility as instructor … Continue reading

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Harriet Beecher Stowe Revising Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Topsy in the Jewett Paperback

Update (May 2012): This chapter has now been published as a fluid text edition in the peer-reviewed open-access scholarly journal named Scholarly Editing. Most of preliminary thoughts below have been revised and reconsidered based on further research and Les Harrison’s … 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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