Archives For Mark Twain

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Vladimir and Vera Nabokov in 1969.
Giuseppe Pino, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY

A post by Camilla Nelson

It started when an American academic noticed how frequently the acknowledgements sections of weighty academic tomes featured a male author thanking his nameless wife for typing. The Conversation

The academic, Bruce Holsigner, began sharing the screenshots on Twitter under the hashtag #ThanksforTyping.

And the response was stupendous. As the screenshots flooded in, a veritable army of unpaid women suddenly became visible. Not only were they typing, and retyping, but translating and editing and – um – doing the actual research.

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“Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn’t happen right away.”
― Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Sh*t Rough Drafts launched on Tumblr a month ago and the site has already created quite a stir. With each post creator Paul Laudiero gives readers a fresh (and imaginary) look at the origins some classic literary works.

Here’s a sample:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925.

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