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Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinson’s poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnson’s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinson’s often indecipherable handwritten punctuation by the use of the dash is to render permanent a casual mode of poetic phrasing that Dickinson surely never expected to see in print. It implies that Dickinson chose the dash as her typical mark of punctuation when, in fact, she apparently never made any definitive choice at all.

Which of the following best summarizes the author’s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinson’s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’s intentions.
(C) Because Dickinson never expected her poetry to be published, virtually any attempt at editing it must run counter to her intentions.
(D) Although Johnson’s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinson’s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinson’s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinson’s handwritten manuscripts.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2005, 21:01
I'd go for A here. The second sentence gives it away. B might have been tempting but misleading readers was not the main issue. It is more about Johnson's criticism being self-defeating, something in the line of do as I say but not as I do.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2005, 05:33
I will go with E

A - I don't think the author considers Johnson's work to have serious distortions as Dickinson's work does

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2005, 08:17
rthothad wrote:
I will go with E

A - I don't think the author considers Johnson's work to have serious distortions as Dickinson's work does


A - " It implies that Dickinson chose the dash as her typical mark of punctuation when, in fact, she apparently never made any definitive choice at all."

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2005, 08:46
Agree with E
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2005, 17:16
Guys, OA given is neither (A) nor (E).
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Re: CR - editors [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2005, 18:33
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To standardize Dickinson’s often indecipherable handwritten punctuation by the use of the dash is to render permanent a casual mode of poetic phrasing that Dickinson surely never expected to see in print.

(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’s intentions.


B is best. It is a neat paraphrase of what is stated in the argument.

A. We really don't know how right or wrong is Johnson.
C. A bit extreme
D. "well meaning" is out of scope
E. What is the definition of "adequate" here ? We really don't know what can be considered adequate.

I initially had chosen E. I couldnt think of refuting it by any other way but the way above.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2005, 18:33
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Guys, OA given is neither (A) nor (E).

Then it should be 'B'
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2005, 03:29
OA is (B).
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2005, 03:29
OA is (B).
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2005, 04:02
Hello JPV,

I was about to enter B, and you beat me to it. BTW, the question was real tough, and I struggled between A and B.

I eliminated A, because the choice uses strong words "his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions". Even though the para mentions - "Johnson’s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion", it doesn't say serious distortions. The question asks us to summarize the para, whereas choice A, merely summarizes the first two lines.

Meanwhile, Choice B doesn't use strong words, and conveys the essense of the argument. The author's main point is that Johnson used the dash, and in doing so, misleads the author's original intentions.

Hope my explanation helps.
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