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Jane Austen gets digital: Manuscripts will be scanned online

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Updated, 12:50 p.m.

"There's something odd about the juxtaposition of advanced digital technology with quaint handwritten manuscripts. Especially the ones *without* the zombies," RD_Padouk comments about this story. Too true, RD. Too true.

8:45 a.m.

The first British lady of letters enters the digital age as the Web site "Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts" scans all of Jane Austen's handwritten fictional work online. The project will be a three-year undertaking by University of Oxford and King's College London.

In this way, manuscripts spread across disparate locations and those that are in danger of falling apart (they were written in the 19th century, after all) can be all found in one virtual location.

At the Web site anyone can view the original manuscript scan as well as a typed transcript that includes all of the changes made on the page.

Now we can see that Austen chose to go with the line "I could think of you only as one who had yielded -- who had given me up, who had been influenced by anyone rather than by me" rather than "I could think of you only as one who had yielded, so implicitly too much -- too much for my Endurance."

It's nice to know even literary goddesses have to edit themselves from time to time.

By Melissa Bell  | September 16, 2010; 8:47 AM ET
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Thanks for sharing this. There's something odd about the juxtaposition of advanced digital technology with quaint handwritten manuscripts. Especially the ones *without* the zombies.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Melissa!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 16, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

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