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Carlos on "DEBATING EDITORIAL POLICIES"

Jul 30, 2006 08:49 AM
by danielhcaldwell


Carlos writes:

"This wide debate on editorial policies and editorial Ethics is 
serving the purpose of stimulating readers and theosophists in 
general to see what is beneath the surface and appearance of the 
books presently sold."

Yes, I agree that now readers will be more informed.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

The Invisible or Silent Editing of H.P. Blavatsky's Books  

Dallas has written on Theos-Talk:

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Personally, I have a great pity for those who have made
alterations and invisible editing in such an important work. I
include all who may have done this in my mind. On the opposite
hand: I feel gratitude for those who have offered "corrections
needed in the ORIGINAL" and that they think will be helpful to
students, but who have been careful to IDENTIFY and FOOTNOTE
their changes so that the said student has a choice.

By what amounts to "concealing" those changes made in the
ORIGINAL (yet using the Original Title) and thus tacitly
attributing those new and interposed changes to the Author - who
has had no chance to agree to them -- they may have blurred or
obscured some meanings. Just how important those altered
meanings and changes are, need not be a subject for restudy if
one deals with the ORIGINALS to begin with....
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In the above text, Dallas defines what he calls "invisible editing"
and what others have called "silent editing."

Dallas also explains why the student should go to ORIGINALS of HPB's
works instead of to EDITED versions of her writings.

In light of the above definition of INVISIBLE or SILENT EDITING,
the following 4 works are ALL products of such invisible or silent
editing:

(1) The so-called Besant-Mead edition of HPB's SECRET DOCTRINE
is a product of "silent editing" for when compared with the original
1888 edition, the later Besant-Mead edition has
numerous "changes", "corrections" and "deletions."

(2) The de Zirkoff edition of HPB's SECRET DOCTRINE is also clearly
a product of "invisible" editing and contains
numerous "changes", "corrections" and "deletions." Examples of the
silent editing in this work has been shown by Tony Maddock, Peter
Merriott, John Drais and Walter A. Carrithers, Jr. Some of these
changes were posted recently here at Theos-Talk.

(3) The Theosophy Company's edition of the HPB's VOICE OF THE
SILENCE is also clearly a product of invisible or silent editing.
Dr. H.N. Stokes first reported this in the pages of his O.E. LIBRARY
CRITIC. Peter Merriott and Tony Maddock have written about this
silent editing in previous years both on the Theos-Talk discussion
forum and the Blavatsky Net discussion group. Specific examples
showing that invisible or silent editing has occurred in this
Theosophy Company edition can be found at:

http://www.theos-talk.com/archives/199810/tt00044.html

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theos-talk/message/11902

(4) The work titled A MODERN PANARION (a collection of HPB's
articles) is also a product of INVISIBLE or SILENT editing. Some
examples of this can be found at:

http://blavatskyarchives.com/modernpanarion.htm

IN SUMMARY:

BOTH the Adyar Theosophical Society/Theosophical Publishing House
and the The United Lodge of Theosophists/Theosophy
Company have published editions of H.P.B.'s writings which are
clearly examples or products of invisible or silent editing.

That is, in the various publications listed above, an editor has
made editorial changes, corrections, deletions, etc. in the "new"
edition and readers of the new edition will NOT be able to discern
those editorial changes unless he takes the time and effort to
compare said edition with HPB's original edition.

And in addition, the Adyar Society /publishers should NOT be
scapegoated as the ONLY Theosophical group/publisher to issue
such "silently edited" editions of H.P. Blavatsky's writings.

Furthermore, if Carlos Aveline can point out that the Adyar
Theosophical publishers have published this kind of "silent
editing", then would it not be fair and straight forward of Carlos
to admit that the Theosophy Company has ALSO published
such "silently edited" works?

I write all of the above to FULLY INFORM interested readers,
especially new students, inquirers, etc. concerning this particular
issue.

Daniel
http://hpb.cc




 









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