Date of this Version
Documentary Editing, Volume 24, Number 4, December 2002.
ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)
In evaluating personal correspondence, most editors must spend considerable time speculating on authorial intention and the responses of the women and men who were the intended audience for each letter. Tonight I shall discuss what may be learned from an archive of letters where little such informed guesswork is necessary. At least on my part.