Date of this Version
Documentary Editing, Volume 20, Number 4, December 1998.
ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)
My title is somewhat facetious, but not completely. There has been a profound shift in the direction and underlying assumptions of editorial theory and practice during the thirty years in which I have been practicing this craft, and my purpose here is to make some general observations on this topic. I start with a warning, though: most of my comments apply to textual or literary editing, not to documentary editing as it is practiced by literary editors.