[PW] Request help tracing Rebecca West quotation in 1928 Saturday Evening Post
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 13:29:19 PDT 2015
Thank you all for your helpful and insightful conversation.
Scans from the December 8, 1928 issue of "The Saturday Evening Post"
were sent to me by a kind person at Berkeley. An entry about this
quotation is now available:
There Is No Such Thing as Conversation. It Is an Illusion. There Are
Intersecting Monologues, That Is All
The acknowledgement includes the following:
Many thanks to the discussants on the Wombats mailing list including:
John Cowan, Claire, Barbara Schmidt, Brian Whatcott, and Mark Halpern.
Cowan pointed out the pertinence of the lectior difficilior potior
Feedback and additional citations welcome,
On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 3:01 PM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:
> brian whatcott scripsit:
>> There! It is settled then: the first reading is obfuscatory on its face
>> while the second is instead, provocatively revealing.
> That's true, but does not count as a principle of textual evidence: plenty
> of people say very obvious things. The principle is exhibited solely in
> the fact that _interesting_ is a common word and _intersecting_ is not.
> Quote Investigator didn't gain its more-than-stellar reputation by making
> dubious assumptions about content. (You could argue, indeed, that a
> published misquotation is as good a quotation as any other quotation,
> and should be treated as a legitimate version of the text, but I don't
> go that far.)
> John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org
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