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How would you interpret this phrase “now the corrected galleys”? This afternoon Mrs. Brown brought letters up to my study for signature, and I noticed her nails looked ragged. She is on edge too; we both jump when the telephone rings, like schoolgirls, waiting for Lincoln Barnes (the editor) to ring up. It’s been months that they’ve had the manuscript, and now the corrected galleys. A title, jacket art, everything you might want to have on hand for a publication. Except a publication date. How would you interpret this phrase “now the corrected galleys”? Does it mean the narrator received the corrected galleys after months’ waiting? PS: the narrator was a novelist. Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.
9 يونيو 2015 01:53
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Galleys is short for Galley proofs. Anything such as a book that is to be printed will initially be printed as a proof. These are given to the editor and author to check before they are printed for real. So - they sent the manuscript, and then sent the galleys, with any necessary corrections to the publishers months ago.
9 يونيو 2015
"Galley proofs" belong to the old days of metal type. After assembling each line in a "composing stick," each line of type would be placed in a long tray called a "galley." Later, they would be separated into pages and locked into "formes." Because galley proofs were printed directly from the galleys, they were printed on long strips of paper, almost a meter long. In the 1950s our fourth grade English teacher wrote a children's book and I remember her coming into class one day and proudly showing us the galley proofs.
10 يونيو 2015
Galleys are newspaper talk for the proofs of the page. Theunused to set the pages in lead type to to insure it was correct, they made proof set-ups of the page for the composing roomm to follow.
9 يونيو 2015
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