Date of this Version
Documentary Editing, Volume 21, Number 2, June 1999.
ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)
Now, the second edition of the Guide to Documentary Editing has appeared, living up to the motto that Mary-Jo Kline adopted from Sir Walter Gregg for this and the earlier edition: ''My desire is rather to provoke discussion than to lay down the law." By clarifying and updating the basic theories and laws that govern the practice of editing, Kline has produced a revised Guide that will continue to be an important reference source for those involved in editing projects. Used along with Editing Historical Documents: A Handbook a/Practice, by Michael E. Stevens and Steven E. Burg (reviewed by Beth Luey in the December 1998 issue of Documentary Editing), the revised Guide provides the best entry into the discipline for new editors. And, in the growing number of courses in documentary editing, the Guide will be the most useful primer for students, especially given the decision to publish in paperback. While we would not go so far as to recommend it for bedside reading, it lays out the fundamentals in a clear, feisty, concise, and sometimes elegant style.