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The Siege of Malta and Bizarro$
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Walter Scott and J. H. Alexander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624874

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624874.001.0001

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The Siege of Malta and Bizarro

J. H. Alexander

Judy King

Graham Tulloch

Edinburgh University Press

This diplomatic transcription of The Siege of Malta tries to translate Walter Scott's verbal signs as closely as possible into print, without attempting to correct the omnipresent local errors and confusions attributable largely to his two strokes. The extremely faulty nature of his stricken handwriting means that no method of transcription can be entirely satisfactory, and a degree of editorial interpretation has to be exercised. Towards the end of his life, Scott's ‘i’ and ‘e’ are frequently indistinguishable. His ‘a’ can be indistinguishable from his ‘u’ or from his ‘i’ or ‘e’; his ‘o’ can be indistinguishable from his ‘i’ or ‘e’. A particular problem for the editor of Scott's last manuscripts arises from his very frequent omission of one or more necessary letters or his insertion of ones that are superfluous. Scott frequently writes a word twice, and he often misses out words and sometimes fails to complete a sentence.

Keywords:   diplomatic transcription, Siege of Malta, Walter Scott, manuscripts, local errors, confusions

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