The Inevitable Typo

Over the last few days or so I have been going back through many of my older posts and making slight¬†revisions here and there. In some cases, I have rewritten an entire paragraph … or two. It’s a distressing thought because as careful as I try to be when I’m writing, typos inevitably turn up in my finished work.

There is something intensely humiliating about typos. I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel this way. Even when I edit my work I frequently miss typos, which only become glaringly obvious after I have published and shared it with others. Occasionally, people (mostly my husband) point out these errors to me and I correct them as quickly as I can but even outside scrutiny isn’t enough. Plenty of my past posts have grammatical issues and a few seriously incomplete or muddled sentences.

Of course, I cannot expect other people to be my editors. I mean, I’m not exactly compensating anyone for it. So, I’ve come to a solution, one which I have often considered but never implemented until now. In the past, I have published new posts very soon after completing them but I am much too careless and insensible to my mistakes when I’m eager to share what I have been working on. Instead of publishing immediately and risking errors, I’m going to hold onto new posts for a day so that I can read through them with a fresh, critical eye and make any necessary corrections.

It won’t be easy because I get very excited when I finish a post but it’s about time I put some of the skills I have learned in school to the betterment of my writing on here.

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Bibliomania: Oxford English Novels

From the 1964 to 1976, Oxford University Press printed a series of classic English-language novels. The Oxford English Novels series comprised many well-known and lesser known classics spanning nearly two centuries. For those familiar with the current and long-running Oxford World’s Classics series, the Oxford English Novels is very similar. They are scholarly texts, including informative introductions, extensive notes, and bibliographies. The texts themselves are excellently put together, as one would expect of the Oxford University Press, but what really interests about this series is the format. Unlike the soft-cover World’s Classics, the Oxford English Novels series are all hardcover and feature colorful dustjackets.

The Oxford English Novels series first came to my attention while I was searching the internet for a hardcover edition of The Mysteries of Udolpho. After a few dispointing purchases, I finally stumbled across the website for a small used book store in Oakland, which had a number of book from the series on sale. Plus, unlike most sellers on Amazon, they provided photos of each book. I bought their copy of The Mysteries of Udolpho with little hesitation and in a few weeks times, I also bough their copies of Pompey the Little, The Old English Baron, The Italian, Emmeline, Vathek, and The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. 

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Later on, I collected other editions from Amazon and other online booksellers, including: A Journal of the Plague Year, The Old Manor House, The Castle of Otranto, Melmoth the Wanderer, The Man of Feeling, Mary and The Wrongs of Woman, and The Female Quixote.

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Many of the books from this series can be found easily online and for good prices but more popular works tend to be rarer and go for high prices when they are. (I was very lucky to find Melmoth the Wanderer for $25 and I’m very glad I got it when I did.) They are worth getting when the price is right and if you, like me, love beautiful hardcover editions.