History of textual editing services
Editing services "Paid editing" redirects here. The existence of an edition may preclude others from securing the requisite financial backing or publishing support and thus may prevent revisitation of the topic for decades.
From Writer to Reader zooms in on the act of publication and the supposed acceptance of the textual modifications this may involve. Historical documents, carefully selected, clearly explained, and presented in a readable format, provide an immediacy not otherwise found in conventional narratives.
Whether a project publishes all the documents it collects or only a small portion, editors should clearly explain to the readers how the documents that appear in the final work were selected. Copyright of unpublished documents is a complex issue, and legislation governing it continues to be revised.
The above excerpts from Editing Historical Documents were reprinted with the permission of Altamira Press. Paul Eggert. In editing documents, the greatest service editions can provide readers is a clean, readable transcribed text, followed closely by a convenient method for gaining access to the information in the documents and explanatory annotation. Proofreading is an essential step in the editing process. Starting from analyses of revisions by Melville, Twain, Crane, and Mailer, Parker pleads for more attention to textual composition and the development of sometimes self-contradictory authorial intentions, which an institutionalized editorial method is often unable to represent. However, electronic media have an uncertain shelf life, with carefully stored disks and electronic tapes holding data for ten or fewer years and CD-ROMs predicted to last from fifty to years. Groden, Michael. In his evaluation of Anglo-American copy-text theory from a structuralist point of view Zeller contrasts the practice of editing an "eclectic contaminated text" with German editorial methods, showing crucial differences with respect to the notions of "authority," "authorial intention," and "version. George Bornstein. Editors strive to provide access to all subjects covered within an edition, even those that may not be related to the main subject of the volume. Large companies dedicate experienced writers to the technical editing function. Whenever feasible, editors should seek to produce editions that are as comprehensive as possible and that will make the greatest contribution to modern scholarship. Maas, Paul. Bowers' principles for the application of analytical bibliography in an eclectic method of editing, have been most influential in Anglo-American scholarly editing. The most comprehensive survey of current scholarly editing of various kinds of literatures, both historically and geographically, with elucidating contributions by textual scholars from different traditions.
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A clear position statement by the author of the noteworthy Spanish Manual de Critica Textual in defence of the neolachmannian method.
The aim of the editor should be to offer a useful tool so as to allow readers to make the connection between variation and meaning.
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