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Using poemscol for Critical Editions of Poetry

John Burt

Abstract

Critical editions are special versions of literary, legal, or historical texts in which the editors have attempted to reconstruct the text as the author wrote it. Editors of critical editions examine such things as the author's manuscripts, the publisher's galleys, or other published editions of the same work to gather evidence to make arguments for the readings they propose, sometimes engaging in painstaking literary detective work. Critical editions have special typographical features which make them especially suited for TeX. Poemscol is a critical edition package for LaTeX designed around the special requirements of critical editions of poetic texts.

John Burt is literary executor for Robert Penn Warren, whose Collected Poems he edited with poemscol. He is Professor of English at Brandeis University. He can be reached at mailto


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