In each volume in the Cather Edition, the author's specific intentions for design and printing are set forth in textual commentaries.These essays also describe the history of the texts, identify those that are authoritative, explain the selection of copy-texts or basic texts, justify emendations of the copy-text, and describe patterns of variants.
While lacking something of the intimacy of the original page, this size permits the use of large, generously leaded type and ample margins—points of style upon which the author was so insistent.
In the choice of paper, we have deferred to Cather's declared preference for a warm, cream antique stock.
summer I happened to be crossing the plains of Iowa in a season of intense heat, and it was my good fortune to have for a traveling companion James Quayle Burden—Jim Burden, as we still call him in the West.
He and I are old friends—we grew up together in the same Nebraska town — and we had much to say to each other.
Assembling and comparing texts demonstrated the basic tenet of the textual editor—that only painstaking collations reveal what is actually there.
Scholars had assumed, for example, that with the exception of a single correction in spelling, passed unchanged from the 1913 first edition to the 1937 Autograph Edition.
The version of the Caslon typeface employed in the original edition of , were it available for phototypesetting, would hardly survive the transition.
Instead, we have chosen Linotype Janson Text, a modern rendering of the type used by Rogers.
The objective of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition is to provide to readers—present and future—various kinds of information relevant to Willa Cather's writing, obtained and presented according to the highest scholarly standards: a critical text faithful to her intention as she prepared it for the first edition, a historical essay providing relevant biographical and historical facts, explanatory notes identifying allusions and references, a textual commentary tracing the work through its lifetime and describing Cather's involvement with it, and a record of changes in the text's various editions.