Roll Over

Late in his career, Henry James compiled & reissued his early novels in what bibliographers call the New York Edition (NYE). In revisiting the writings of his younger years James tinkered with many of the sentences & sentiments. Me found this mini-emendation of The Portrait of a Lady particularly amusing:

1881: “I’m afraid there are moments in life when even Beethoven has nothing to say to us. We must admit, however, that they are our worst moments.”

NYE: “I’m afraid there are moments in life when even Schubert has nothing to say to us. We must admit, however, that they are our worst moments.”

 

[Lead Wig Van Beethoven, Allegro molto from Sonata No 13 in E-flat major, Op. 27, No. 1]

[Franz Schubert, Piano Trio In E Flat, Op. 100]

 

 

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