Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ghost essay

On the syllabus for tomorrow:
Week 5: 26 September
Eliot, The Waste Land continued; Leavis, “The Significance of the Modern Waste Land” (Norton Critical Ed. 173-85; Bush, “Unknown Terror and Mystery” (Norton Critical Ed. 246-58; Froula, “Corpse, Monument, Hypocrite Lecteur: Text and Transference in the Reception of The Waste Land” (Norton Critical Ed. 275-86).
This just in from WW Norton, after a fairly heated e-mail on my part:
Dear Professor Scroggins,

Your comments regarding the Norton Critical Edition of The Waste Land were passed along to me today. The book is not [a] revised edition and we do not have one planned for the foreseeable future.

Professor Froula required that her essay "Corpse, Monument, Hypocrite Lecteur: Text and Transference in the Reception of The Waste Land" be removed from the book after the tenth printing. The essay was deleted per her request in 2006 and any reference to her was removed from the book. This was an exceptional case; deletions between printings are in no way a typical practice for Norton Critical Editions. To avoid further confusion, any mention of Professor Froula's inclusion in the book will be removed from the website- many thanks for notifying us to this oversight.

Again, we regret any problems and frustration that Professor Froula's request caused.

Many thanks,

Editorial Assistant
Caveat lector – & lecturer!


Brian said...

Well, there's always the library, right?

Sorry. I feel your pain.

Bradley said...

I like the idea of a ghost essayist-- like, someone Scooby Doo and the gang might have to track down, only to discover that it's just Old Man Hazlitt, trying to scare everyone away from the mansion where Montaigne's gold was hidden. And he would've gotten away with it, if it weren't for those meddling kids and their dog...!

alex davis said...


Do you know why she insisted that her essay be removed? It sounds quite peculiar.

Mark Scroggins said...

I haven't a clue, Alex. I thought initially that the essay appeared in one of the myriad other Waste Land editions hitting the market, but I can't find any indication of that.

My big question, however: the Daily Telegraph reviewer of Treatise of Civil Power tells us that we can't understand the Gillian Rose poem without knowing the causes of the break between her & GH. What a tease? Know anything about it?

Alex Davis said...

As far as I know they never met. What the nature of the quarrel was, I'm not sure.

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