Saturday, August 23, 2008


Why, if you were a copyeditor working at Harcourt in 1925 would you let colour and civilisation stand in their British spellings but insist upon changing banisters to bannisters?


Kagemusha said...

uhm, I am sort of confused... I suspect, much like yourself... would the potato/potatoe argument fit into this?

Unknown said...

i am so happy to have stumbled here. was searching to find out which version is correct-the etexts of mrs dalloway or the printed one regarding this passage and if there are other instances that you have knowledge of.


She felt glad that he had done it; thrown it away. The clock was striking. The leaden circles dissolved in the air. He made her feel the beauty; made her feel the fun. But she must go back. She must assemble. She must find Sally and Peter. And she came in from the little room.

...thrown it away while they went on living.The clock was striking. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.but she must...

i'd really appreciate it if you tell me about it. i am writing from iran!

Unknown said...

The etext is the American edition, it looks like. The printed text is the British. This is actually really interesting & I think I'll write a post about it...