You Can Be Dickens’s Proof-Reader
Charles Dickens wrote this in a column of his weekly magazine ‘Household Words’:
“I know that we English are an angular and eccentric people – a people that the great flat-iron of civilisation will take a long time smoothing all the puckers and wrinkles out of – but I was scarcely prepared for the following announcement that I saw the other day in a tobacconist’s window near the Elephant and Castle: On Saturday, A Cricket Match will be played at the Rosemary Branch, Peckham Rye, between Eleven One-armed Men and Eleven One-legged Men.’
So he went along and witnessed the match. The trouble is, Chuck D wrote a lot more besides, and the race to make his greatly admired and enjoyed journals available online for the bicentenary of his birth on February 12th 2012 is causing problems, because there aren’t enough proof-readers available. So the project’s academics are putting out a call to the public. You can join the team and become a part of the project by going to www.djo.org.uk, where you can register to edit an edition of your choice (no Dickens knowledge necessary), or help the project at www.buckingham.ac.uk/djo/donate.