This finding meant that these two groups of memories were qualitatively different and ruled out the misdating
An "eye-skip" similar to that leading to Hawthorne's misdating
of Franklin Pierce's arrival at Puebla (23: 653) probably accounts for Hawthorne's error.
of Wordsworth's Cintra and James Chandler's England in 1819, for instance, introduce unwanted distractions.
In comparison, the reciprocal misattribution and misdating
of Charles Baudelaire's "Correspondances" and Arthur Rimbaud's "Voyelles" (161)--another fruit of the book's hasty editing--sound almost Nabokovian, like a joke Quilty could have planted in a motel register for Humbert Humbert's torment.
Cases of criminal prosecution for misdating
an acknowledgement when there is not a direct financial gain are rare.
Evidently these kinds of discrepancies or gaps are sometimes due to technical glitches, the consequence of misdating
or misfiling a few pages amid millions.
Theories about the false dates so far have centered on how they accord with Shakespeare's authorship, but I think it is worth considering how other collection principles, such as seriality and historicity, may have motivated the misdating
Greater care would have avoided errors such as misdating
the Embargo Act (22); describing Andrew Jackson as a senator in 1811 (29); stating that William Henry Harrison "provoked a quarrel with Tecumseh by violating a treaty signed two years earlier," although it was actually the Treaty of Fort Wayne itself, not a violation of it, that inflamed the Indians (29); having Thomas Pinckney lead the Patriots into East Florida in March 1812 instead of George Mathews (33); saying the army captain in command of Fort Washington in 1814 was a naval officer (325); speaking of the "ever inventive Richard Fulton" (349); or declaring that the Treaty of Fort Jackson removed Indians to the West, when it did no such thing (370).
In reviewing the very different state of knowledge today, Walmsley summarises a whole series of new and stimulating conclusions--that, for example, the persistent misdating
of important ceramic types had previously conflated deposits from as broad a period as the sixth to the ninth century.
A reference to the English reformer "Matthew Tyndale" (6) is an unfortunate slip, as is the misdating
(96) of the fifth-century philosopher Pseudo-Dionysius.
The issue of backdating (or misdating
) options has increased focus on what constitutes the "grant date" The determination of the grant date is a facts-and-circumstances test, and the answer may be different for legal, tax, and financial accounting purposes.
In sum, the only clearly noticeable editorial error in this book is the inconsequential misdating
of an italicized quote that appears on a transition page which separates two sections of the book.