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History of the Book presents Michael Anesko

When Oct 24, 2012
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Grucci Room, Room 29, Burrowes Building
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Contact Phone 814-865-9445

On Wednesday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m. in the Grucci Room, Professor Michael Anesko will present a paper that explores what we can learn from an author’s mistakes.  His talk, entitled “Textual Monuments / Crumbling Idols; or, What we never knew about Henry James (and never thought to ask),” reexamines the evidence surrounding the novelist’s meticulous revision of his works for the New York Edition (1907-09)—and the presumption of textual accuracy that would seem necessarily to result from it—both of which have contributed powerfully to the aura of mastery commonly associated with Henry James.  Closer analysis of the many different textual versions of his work will force us to rethink the question of James’s editorial infallibility.  This talk is sponsored by the Penn State Center for the History of the Book.