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Literary Blunders Henry Benjamin Wheatley

Literary Blunders By Henry Benjamin Wheatley

Literary Blunders by Henry Benjamin Wheatley


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Delight in other people's errors never dates, and this little book from 1893 is a fount of human folly that remains a joy to read. Citing examples from historians, misguided schoolboys and everyday conversation, the librarian and scholar Henry Benjamin Wheatley (1838-1917) looks at comic misprints and linguistic misunderstandings.

Literary Blunders Summary

Literary Blunders: A Chapter in the History of Human Error by Henry Benjamin Wheatley

Delight in other people's errors never dates, and this little book, first published in 1893, is a fount of human folly and a joy to read. Its compiler, Henry Benjamin Wheatley (1838-1917), was a distinguished librarian, bibliographer and scholar, and a prolific author on London history and the history of books. This publication displays his great sense of humour, and his effortless command of far-flung sources in the search for a good joke. Citing examples from historians to misguided schoolboys, as well as from everyday conversation, Wheatley looks at comic misprints, misunderstandings, and garbled English in foreign parts. However, the book also has a more serious contribution to make: the chapter on printed errata makes use of the earliest evidence of proof correction by authors, and the analysis of misprints in early printing shows how many variant readings in the works of Shakespeare came about.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Blunders in general; 2. Blunders of authors; 3. Blunders of translators; 4. Bibliographical blunders; 5. Lists of errata; 6. Misprints; 7. Schoolboys' blunders; 8. Foreigners' English; Index.

Additional information

NLS9781108051996
9781108051996
1108051995
Literary Blunders: A Chapter in the History of Human Error by Henry Benjamin Wheatley
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2012-08-09
244
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