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From: "Andrew Bollen" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Sev's not-so-perfect memory
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 09:18:46 +1000

Nutria says:

>          BUT, Trollope wrote for serialized publication. The first part of
> a given book or series was in magazine print before the later parts were
> even written, as I understand it. Wolfe worked over the New Sun books FOUR
> times before initial publication. I can tell you that I myself check
> earlier chapters  more than once for consistency while I write, and go
> my whole book more than once after it is all finished. I don't write
> fiction but Bible commentary (fiction to some, here, I suppose!), and when
> I find something "new" to talk about in chapter 10 of, say Daniel, I make
> sure what I wrote about chapters 1-9 is consistent with it. I think we
> should assume that usually the errors are deliberate and ask IF they
> ARE errors (my previous post), and if so, what they might mean.

As an ex-computer geek, I think of it like debugging - there's always some
left, no matter how carefully you check. I sort of appreciate the
serialization point, but it doesn't seem to me that there's that much
difference - presumably a serializer will also check against earlier

One of my problems with Roy's list representing deliberate "errors" is just
their triviality - I find it hard to think that most of them could mean
anything much.


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