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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

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

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166867.003.0010

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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