Can you read this?

peabody-manuscript.jpgMegan Marshall — author of the excellent biography “The Peabody Sisters” and panelist at next year’s Key West Literary Seminar — has an interesting piece on Slate today. Marshall, who knows a thing or two about deciphering migraine-inducing handwriting (the Peabody sisters would actually use stationery twice — writing first horizontally, then turning the paper and writing across their own writing, creating the beautiful but mind-boggling pages like the one pictured here).
Marshall is commenting on the uproar over Robert Frost’s notebooks as annotated by scholar Robert Faggen (who incidentally is coming to The Studios of Key West later this year). She’s more sympathetic than many of the scholars who have attacked Faggen. It’s an interesting insight into the hard work of literary scholarship.

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