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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Jane Austen Used Pins to Edit Her Manuscript

Editing today is a breeze but not so when Jane Austin was writing.  She had no Whiteout or Post It Notes to aid in revising her work so she used straight pins to make edits to her rare manuscript, The Watsons.
 The full pages suggest that Jane Austen did not anticipate a protracted process of redrafting. With no calculated blank spaces and no obvious way of incorporating large revision or expansion she had to find other strategies – the three patches, small pieces of paper, each of which was filled closely and neatly with the new material, attached with straight pins to the precise spot where erased material was to be covered or where an insertion was required to expand the text.
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