[ilds] Editing and excrement

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed Feb 4 11:22:32 PST 2015


I recall Durrell saying he had to take a couple of aspirins before proofing what he’d written.  I find this odd but maybe not.  I wonder if the reluctance to proof is a kind of self-loathing.  Your example would suggest that.


> On Feb 3, 2015, at 9:42 PM, Denise Tart & David Green <dtart at bigpond.net.au> wrote:
> Bruce,
> Regarding Durrell's dislike of proof reading he said somewhere that for him, in many way, writing was like taking a shit; after he laid the turd, he did not want to look at it.
> David
> Sent from my iPad
> On 3 Feb 2015, at 6:27 am, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net <mailto:bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>> wrote:
>> James,
>> A brief comment on the sorry state of book editing, which has some relevance to Durrell himself, who notoriously hated to proof his own work.  (It might be interesting to explore why he felt that way.)  I know for a fact that some publishers (apparently Edwin Mellen Press is one of them) have essentially done away with an editorial staff and simply “process manuscript” with little or no attention to the product.  Diboll’s book looks like a prime example of this trend.  Why?  It saves money by cutting staff.  Here’s one egregious example of such folly.  The well-known French Egyptologist Béatrix Midant-Reynes wrote a respected book on Egyptian prehistory.   Ian Shaw translated it as The Prehistory of Egypt:  From the First Egyptians to the First Pharaohs (1992).  It was published by Blackwell in Oxford, a reputable publisher.  The first sentence of Midant-Reynes’s introduction reads, “In 1922, when Jean-François Champollion announced the decipherment of hieroglyphics with his famous ‘letter to Monsieur Dacier’ . . .”  Only off by a hundred years!  Any respectable editor should have caught the typo, but apparently there aren’t any at Blackwell’s editorial offices.
>> Bruce
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