Friday, February 21, 2014

I Feel Just a Little Bit Better About Typos at EPJ

H.L Mencken wrote in his diary:
The worst error in books often appear on title pages. No one seems to read proofs of them with any care. Years ago, when Philip Goodman brought out the first edition of my "In Defense of Women," his own name was misspelled on the title page, appearing as Phpip. Goodman was a stickler for typographical niceties, and I know that he gave a great deal of hard work to the book. Nevertheless, a glaring error on the most conspicuous page completely eluded him.
But that is not the end of the story. Charles A. Fecher, who edited Mencken's diary, added this footnote to Mencken's entry:
Mencken has managed here to misspell the misspelling. Goodman's first name appeared on the title page on In Defense of Women as "Pplip."

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