Monday, February 21, 2011

The fate of marginalia

The New York Times reports on the fate of marginalia in the digital age. My favorite writer of marginalia might be William Blake. From his annotations to Francis Bacon’s Essays Moral, Economical and Political (1798):

Bacon: A king is a mortal god on earth, unto whom the living God hath lent his own name as a great honour.

Blake: O Contemptible & Abject Slave.

comments: 2

Anne said...

Blake is indeed Awesome.

Nabokov's pretty enjoyable, too.

Michael Leddy said...

I agree. I love looking at his corrections to translations.