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4 January 2016
The first Persephone Posts of the year and something which now no longer exists – corrected manuscripts. Future generations will find our interest in earlier versions of ‘the text’ incomprehensible as no one will ever see the first, second or third electronic file of a book – only the finished version. This is a page from Finnegans Wake. How the typesetter coped with this is unimaginable. We would not have had an excellent fifteen-year relationship with our typesetter (Keystroke in Wolverhampton) if we had presented them with typescripts like this! (Presumably whole books have been written about the manuscript of Finnegans Wake and James Joyce’s corrections.) A friend told us over Christmas that listening to it as an audio book was the way to go, apparently far more comprehensible than reading it….
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