User talk:Dedden

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I can't help but notice that you're a past editor of Author:Richard Francis Burton - given his fascinating place in literature and knowledge of "exotic" lands at a time when little was known outside of the British Empire, he was chosen as this week's Wikisource:Collaboration of the Week. I was hoping to convince you to spend a little time improving Wikisource's coverage of his historical contributions. If you're stuck for ideas, I could certainly use help formatting (especially footnotes!) the Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Meccah over the next day or two. Sherurcij Collaboration of the Week: Author:Richard Francis Burton 22:50, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Century and other old magazines[edit]

I like what you are doing with the contents of old magazines. I have an obscenely large stack of these myself (starting with McClure's) that I wish I had more time to work on. We too easily forget how important these publications were in the time before radio and television. One thing that I would suggest when you do these pages is to also turn the author names into author page links. Of course, we can't know how these author pages will be eventually titled, but it begins the process. Thanks. Eclecticology 21:35, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

I've thought about doing that, and why not? If you've got any other suggestions for improvements, don't hesitate to let me know :) Dedden

a strange diff[edit]

Hi, this looks a little strange. Is it issue 2 or 3 ? John Vandenberg 02:15, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

You're right! thank you for pointing that out.


Thanks for your input there. Tennyson is undoubtedly worthy of having all his poems on Wikisource, but of course we need a complete list of them to ensure that.--Poetlister 17:08, 19 January 2008 (UTC)


Hey, just noticed this change, wondered if you could check the original source? Sherurcij Collaboration of the Week: Author:Ovid 00:54, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

Here is another change to check ;-) John Vandenberg (chat) 01:21, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

Author:Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward[edit]

I'm just wondering how strongly you felt about putting the author entry for women under their married name. In this case the author did not generally use "Ward" on her writings, and "Elizabeth Stuart Phelps" was itself her mother's name used as a pseudonym. Her real name was Mary Gray Phelps. (Her mother was also a writer but consistently used a different pseudonym.) I'm inclined to move the author page to Author:Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, since she seems best known that way, but would like your comments first.

Also, can you confirm that Littell's did in fact use the misspelling "Stewart"? Eclecticology 22:48, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

It doesn't really matter to be, I chose to go with "Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward" because that's the name under which she's mentioned on Wikipedia. Come to think of it, I agree with you, since the Wikipedia article is basically the 1907 Nuttall Encyclopædia article. Though I do like the irony of an entry of a feminist writer under their married name ;-)
Littell does have a habit of misspelling people's names [1] Dedden 07:28, 30 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. The irony hadn't escaped me. :-) Eclecticology 11:12, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Collaboration project[edit]

This weeks collaboration project is G. W. Bush. It would be great if you could help out, even if only for a few hours; there is such a large body of "important" works that need to be identified and transcribed. John Vandenberg (chat) 03:37, 7 March 2008 (UTC)


beautiful Sherurcij Collaboration of the Week: Cookbooks 09:10, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

email notifications[edit]

Hi, after a proposal to enable email notification, Wikisource can now notify you of any changes to pages on your watchlist and/or changes to your talk page. In order to take advantage of these features, you need to enabled them in your Special:Preferences. --John Vandenberg (chat) 09:04, 18 April 2008 (UTC)


In Littell's Living Age/Volume 159 and Littell's Living Age/Volume 167 is linked Author:F. C. Gordon Cumming instead of Author:C. F. Gordon Cumming, which does appear correctly in several volumes. I know that you mentioned before that Littell's often got names wrong. Do you know if these are our typo or theirs? Eclecticology (talk) 06:44, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for pointing that out. These faults were entirely mine. They have been corrected. Dedden (talk) 10:29, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Egyptian Dervishes[edit]

I have just added this article from what appeared in The Gentleman's Magazine. I note that in the listings for Littell's Living Age/Volume 155, No. 2008, this article was copied for an American audience. If you have the time, I would be curious to know (apart from the usual UK/US spelling differences) how accurately Littell reproduced this article. This kind of copying was very common at the time, usually with no payment of royalties, and often without giving credit to the original author. Thanks for your attention to this. Eclecticology (talk) 03:55, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

I'm sorry it took me so long to reply, I've been rather busy lately.
So I've copied your text from Gentleman's Magazine and compared it the text from Littell's Living Age, you can see the results here. As you can see the texts are very similar, the main differences are the usual UK/US spelling differences, also some capitalization and punctuation differed.
I was surprised to see how much the two versions agree, considering they didn't bother paying the author for the text, they did pay quite a lot of attention to the text.
Oh, and I'll be using {{sc| for small caps from now on :-)Dedden (talk) 13:02, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

Nice to see Littell's progressing[edit]

Nice to to see Littell's Living Age continuing after a little while. Do scans exist for these works? If they do, we could look to load them to Commons, and link to them through our proofread tool, and even better if they are in djvu format. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:28, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Wanted to say that I have updated the template {{Littell's link}} so we can utilise it in a broader set of places. Also I noticed that on some occasions you have used a brace of {{gap}}, and I thought that I would mention that gap can take a measurement parameter, eg. {{gap|4em}}. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:33, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Hi billinghurst, my apologies for the late reply, my work here on wikisource comes in fits and starts. I hope to get started working on Littell's Living Age again. Thanks for all the work you've done on it!
I had just discovered how to properly use the {{gap}}-template before I drifted away from wikisource once again. I'll make sure I'll use it correctly from now on. Dedden (talk) 06:43, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Prayer and Henry Septimus Sutton[edit]

@Dedden: You have aligned the Littell's poem "Prayer" with Henry Septimus Sutton, though the initials on the work say H. P. C. Would you be able to document on how that conclusion was reached. Thanks. — billinghurst sDrewth 03:12, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

I found the same poem in A treasury of English sonnets by David M. Main, where the poem is attributed to Henry Septimus Sutton (page 430). Should I have mentioned that somewhere on the page? Dedden (talk) 06:50, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
I think that mentioning it at the poem's notes, or on the talk page with a suitable edition = yes to point the way would be worthwhile. Anything that adds to the corpus of knowledge, and removes confusion is always a benefit in my opinion. — billinghurst sDrewth 09:57, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Costums or Customs[edit]

Hi. This work Littell's Living Age/Volume 136/Issue 1761/Old Names and Costums, is it properly named? Or is there a letter inversion? — billinghurst sDrewth 12:31, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi billinghurst, you are quite right, it should be Customs.
Thx. I have moved and updated. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:04, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Template:Header periodical and its potential for use[edit]

A while back I set up Template:Header periodical which was a cheat means to allow me to display transcribed newspaper articles, eg. The Times/1904. I see that there is some potential to use it as an interim measure to display issue details for Littell's Living Age. I have prepared an example at Littell's Living Age/Volume 143/Issue 1852. I am not saying that this is necessarily how we would want to present the issues as a final product or not, I am thinking that as an interim measure it is a possible way to develop those pages. Thoughts? — billinghurst sDrewth 06:31, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Looks good to me! Issue 1852 doesn't show a link to the previous/next issue like The Times/1904 does. Is this because the pages for Issue 1851 and Issue 1853 do not exist yet?Dedden (talk) 15:16, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Yes, there is an #ifexist +/-1 test in those fields, so once the targets exist, they will display. — billinghurst sDrewth 09:12, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

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