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I've recently found out about Emily Dickensen's lack of literary control over her poems. In essence, publishers would rewrite/modify her poems to fit the current "rules" of poetry.

This leads me to make two assumptions:

  1. That publishers would often rewrite or modify literature with little to no input from the author
  2. That this sort of thing doesn't happen today (or at least, that it is rare).

Assuming this is correct, what changed? Why were authors given greater control over their writing after submitting it to the publishers?

  • I wasn't sure whether to post it here or Writing.SE, but I think it fits better here. – Nathan Merrill Jan 9 at 4:26
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    I'm not at all sure about your premise. Can you assemble a bigger sample size? – Aaron Brick Jan 9 at 5:48
  • I'll see what I can find. I simply came across the premise while browsing the internet, and that was the only example they gave. – Nathan Merrill Jan 9 at 5:49
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    @NathanMerrill If this is not your own claim but rather one you read somewhere, it's sufficient to cite that source. – Semaphore Jan 9 at 6:57
  • It seems more likely that this "loss of control" was due to the peculiarities of her circumstances; see her life and work summary at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Dickinson – Peter Diehr Jan 9 at 11:14

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