For the Possession crew
Posted by Jane Elizabeth on May 15, 1998 at 17:23:47:
I've been away from Pemberley for ages, but I've been carrying a clipping around since February that I wanted to share with any of the Possession readers checking in (hi, Kate! At least I know you're there). It is from The New York Times of February 16, and it describes the discovery of a Mark Twain manuscript in the Twain collection at Berkeley.
The manuscript was written in 1898 and concerns Twain's opinions on copyright issues. The article describes its great importance to the study of Twain and copyright law, but what I loved was the story of the discovery. A graduate student, Siva Vaidhyanathan, dug the yellowed, marked up document out of a box labelled "Copyright." He is quoted:
"I kept thinking, 'This is a major discovery' And then my next thought would be 'No, it can't be. I'm just a graduate student."
Amazing things do happen, even to obscure graduate students laboring in dusty libraries. Perhaps one of JA's letters will turn up after all!
- Art Imitates Life Which Imitates Life and Back Again! Teehee (nf Cassia 17:19:22 5/19/98 (0)
- hee hee! Kate 20:48:12 5/15/98 (1)
- Hi Jane Elizabeth Hil 17:14:15 5/17/98 (0)
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