Tuesday, March 27, 2018


A Scholarly Excision

Almut Fries, "Martin Litchfield West (1937-2015)," Studia Metrica et Poetica 2.2 (2015) 152–158 (at 154-155):
But all these [distinctions] were surpassed by his appointment, in the 2014 New Year's Honours List, to the Order of Merit (OM), which lies in the gift of the British monarch and is restricted to twenty-four members at any one time. It moved him deeply, but like the other accolades he wore it lightly, with the modesty that was part of his character. To everybody's amusement at the reception with which the Oxford Classics Faculty marked the occasion, the celebratory cake that had been ordered for him sported a textual error in its inscription. Martin deftly excised the obnoxious passage — with a cake knife.
Related post: An Unfortunate Misprint.

Hat tip: Eric Thomson.

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