"In addition to the equipment of the scholar, you need the intuitive gifts of the private detective. It is not enough to be a pale reflection of Dom Calmet; you need also to be an apt pupil of Sherlock Holmes."

"So the three golden rules for editing large-scale correspondences are:

1. Be rich, and, if possible, influential too.
2. Be young and vigorous, and make up your mind never to grow old.
3. Always start at least a hundred years befor you actually do.

I'm afraid I have broken all these rules..."

"There has been an increasingly liberal policy on the part of holding institutions to make photocopies of their documents available to research, subject to restrictions on use which are usually but the codification of scholarly good manners."

--More quotes from an older book (1970s) on editing literary correspondence.

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