Saturday, April 18, 2009


I'm a "completist" - when possible I get the complete works, the complete discography, etc. So I ordered a 1992 edition of the Sidneian Psalms from a bookshop in England. It arrived this morning in all its utterly useless abridged, modernised-spelling ignominy. Abridged! WTF?


  1. (Trying once more to post a comment.)

    Have you ever read the correspondence between American writer Helene Hanff and English bookshop proprietor Frank Doel, found in the book 84 Charing Cross Road? Or seen the film with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins? Your post here reminds me of Hanff, who would angrily berate Doel by letter every time she received from him a Selected instead of a Collected.

    The modernized spelling I could probably take, but the abridgment is an affront.

  2. Ha! I'll have to look those up.

    Have you had trouble commenting?

  3. Smooth sailing on the second try. My first attempt disappeared, despite my having typed the code word correctly, etc.