Changing Hands across MS B

MS B shows very clearly the ways in which Wordsworthian composition is not a solitary exercise, beyond the early draft stages. As a first fair copy text MS B represents a bringing together of all earlier manuscript materials into a continuous form. Even though the text is still subject to change, its construction and development has now become the responsibility of the domestic group. As we have seen, three people are involved in the copying of the text and its construction: William, Mary and Dorothy Wordsworth. One thing to consider, then, is the way in which they work together, and, in particular, the point at which one copyist changes to another and back again.

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Changes of Hand for Fair Copy Text in MS B

(Fair Copy text always entered on recto pages except for 46v; * = mid-page change of hand)

1r-5r

Mary

*5r

Mary/William

5r-8r

William

*8r

William/Mary

8r-12v

Mary

*13r

Dorothy/Mary

13r-18r

Mary

*18r

Mary/Dorothy

*18r-19r

Dorothy/Mary

19r-21r

Mary

21r/22v

Mary/William

22r-27r

William

27r/28r

William/Dorothy

28r- 29r

Dorothy

29r/30r

Dorothy/William

30r-34r

William

*34r

William/Dorothy

34r-36r

Dorothy

*36r

Dorothy/William

36r-45r

William

*45r

William/Mary

46r-46v

William

*46r

William/Mary

46v-47r

Mary [End of Fair Copy text]