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Why is it that some names continue to be susceptible to misspelling? And I mean not only by journalists or so, but by people who are familiar with the names they’re misspelling. Is it ‘name dislexia’?

What to think of the often misspelled John Ashbery (Ashberry by many, for example in a recent poetics listserv mail, and in the table of contents of Veronica Forrest-Thomson’s Poetic Artifice, ok, so that was probably just a typo).

Then there is Charles Olsen

Frederic Jameson

Illiad

What else? I dunno. Maybe literary scholars have a blind spot where it is most obvious, like the purloined letter, or an aleatory point in the eye of the storm

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