Concordance to the Poetical Works of John Dryden

Concordance to the Poetical Works of John Dryden

Concordance to the Poetical Works of John Dryden

Concordance to the Poetical Works of John Dryden

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This Concordance had the form, at Professor Guy Montgomery's death in 1951, of 240,000 alphabetized cards, based on the Cambridge Edition of the Poetical Works of John Dryden, edited by George Rapall Noyes, 1920, revised and enlarged in 1950. (The Houghton- Mifflin Co., Boston.)

Three problems were primary: the bulk of the work, the cost of publication, the difficulty of accurate checking by assistants unfamiliar with the material. The decision to use IBM machines as an aid in checking helped solve the other problems in turn. Quotations could not be handled by machines, and their omission reduced bulk, while IBM printing made possible a photolith process to minimize publication costs.

The process was this: IBM cards were punched for word, poem symbol, and line number, following the order of Professor Montgomery's cards. The resulting listing was corrected, and the cards were then sorted by machine into poem and line order, so that proof could be read in text-order. After correction and return to alphabetical order, the final listing was made, the columns pasted three to a page on specially ruled sheets, and the pages then delivered to the Press for photolithography.

All poems in the main text have been included, but not those in the appendices. All prose passages, including stage directions, are omitted.

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