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Follow-up on the Austen manuscript kerfuffle

Geoff Nunberg has a great post on Language Log today describing his response to Kathryn Sutherland’s assertions about Austen’s manuscripts and the role she suggests Gifford played in their editing. (The post is an annotated version of the piece he did for Fresh Air on the topic.) While the post starts off dramatically — “After looking over the Austen manuscripts online, I concluded that the whole business was meretricious nonsense” — Nunberg also speaks well of Sutherland’s book, and concludes with a very satisfying explanation of changing patterns of semicolon usage. All worth a read.

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