The Consequences of Typos

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What if these had occurred in literary works?

Submitted: February 14, 2014

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The Consequences of Typos

By Elton Camp

A typo can be far from a minor thing
Discredit and rejection it can bring
See what such errors might have meant
And if these would have gone to print

This book from Papa wouldn’t be
With the title, “Old Man and the See”
Faulkner’s book would we be spying
If it was sent out, “As I lay Lying?”

If typed, “Beast of Eden,” we would expect
Rejection and “Oh heck!” from Steinbeck
“The Little Boxes” would never do
Lillian Hellman the results would rue

If called, “Look Homeward Angle,”
Wolfe, a publisher would never wrangle
If the typo was “Of Lice and Men,”
Steinbeck badly disappointed again

If called “The Ramen” by Edgar Poe
The printing house would’ve said “No”
If  a publisher a writer does need
It pay to very carefully proofread

 

 


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