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Guilty Knowledge, Guilty PleasureThe Dirty Art of Poetry$
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William Logan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166867

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166867.001.0001

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Frost’s Notebooks

Frost’s Notebooks

A Disaster Revisited

(p.114) Frost’s Notebooks
Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure

William Logan

Columbia University Press

This chapter reviews the editing of The Notebooks of Robert Frost. The New Republic called the book “expertly edited and annotated” while TLS declared the edition a “superb job” and a “labour of love.” However, in 2007, a review in Essays in Criticism accused the book's editor Robert Faggen of committing monstrous errors of transcription, some so embarrassing they made him—or Frost—look like an idiot. A few months later, another review in Parnassus condemned the edition in similar terms. Both pieces claimed that Faggen had offered hardly a page that did not need revision. The errors ran to the thousands, many of them major; and a good proportion gave readings that were nonsensical or preposterous.

Keywords:   Robert Frost, poetry, books Notebooks, editing, editors, Robert Faggen, reviews

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