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Sorry you lost the other post!. :(

So there are differences between the published version and the typescripts?

Anyway, I'm glad your visit to Edinburgh seems to have paid off in all respects ...
BrokenTune 2 years ago
I loved the typescripts - there were two of them. One had a few comments from the editor and Tey (though the editor referred to Tey as Daviot as she kept Daviot her pen name with her publisher). One had comments in Tey's handwriting that was obviously meant to be read by someone else, as it was legible. The other seemed to have more comments for Tey herself...I could not read all of it. It looked a lot like something you'd write down to remind yourself rather than to give instructions to an editor.

I guess the typescripts were from a later stage in the writing process. There were no changes to the plot at all, only to word choices (interesting in themselves) and deletions of passages which seemed to have been a particular bug to Tey. Ironically, they referred to the character of Wee Archie, which cracked me up because the character epitomises Tey's contempt for some of the figures within the Scottish nationalist movement at Tey's time. It cracked me up because at the time of reading there was a Stop Brexit/Indy march in progress right outside the library. Different times of course, and I'd have loved to know what she'd have made of the movement these days.

There were a couple of other typescripts in the archive box - two plays. I'll need to check some dates etc. but one of the two may have given rise to Daughter of Time. There are end notes written by Tey which go into a lot detail about how RIII has been vilified by Moreton, More, etc.

BrokenTune 2 years ago
Only one thing: I wasn't allowed to take pictures. I asked but the archive code of the material was listed as excluded from the photographic licence.
Pity about the photos, but still, it sounds like a fascinating visit. I love authors' notes -- particularly those to "self"; they're so revealing.

And yes, I'd absolutely like to know, too, what Tey would have made of recent developments.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
It was a really fun visit. And absolutely, it was enlightening.
Always frustrating when one's review gets eaten!
BrokenTune 2 years ago
My own fault. I accidentally closed the wrong tab. D'oh!!
It's frustrating no matter the cause!
BrokenTune 2 years ago
True that!