The Joy of Indexing

An excellent post from Crooked Timber on indexes, followed up here at the Torygraph with reference to HTR on Peterhouse, Cambridge.

Personally, I hate indexing, though, of course, the disadvantage of getting someone else to do it is that you can’t stick daft things in. (Although my efforts have been pretty lame: so far, the best I have managed is putting ‘husband-beating’ and ‘wet dreams’ into the index of the collection I co-edited on the conscience in early modern Europe.)

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  1. Point taken. I’ve only ever put together one index – to a 200-page student handbook, with the help of its other editor – but it was enough to make it clear that they’re much more fun to read than write. And most of them aren’t much fun to read.


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