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Welcome!

Hello, Rwood128, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your messages on discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{helpme}} before the question. Again, welcome! Victuallers (talk) 10:54, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

European walking route E4[edit]

I had to undo your edit to European walking route E4. You should study the links above to familiarise yourself with editing on Wikipedia first.

In particular I noticed the following:

  • No capitals all words, not even in headers.
  • Headers consist of two = signs, like this == Header == ,not one.
  • Do not forget to add a references section together with adding the first references to an article, like this
== References ==
{{Reflist}}

Debresser (talk) 02:09, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

Welsh literature[edit]

Wikiproject Wales Barnstar.png The Wales Barnstar
An overdue thank you for your great expansion on Welsh literature in English. Diolch. FruitMonkey (talk) 21:08, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

October 2011[edit]

You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Modernism. Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

Please be particularly aware, Wikipedia's policy on edit warring states:

  1. Edit warring is disruptive regardless of how many reverts you have made; that is to say, editors are not automatically "entitled" to three reverts.
  2. Do not edit war even if you believe you are right.

If you find yourself in an editing dispute, use the article's talk page to discuss controversial changes; work towards a version that represents consensus among editors. You can post a request for help at an appropriate noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases it may be appropriate to request temporary page protection. If you engage in an edit war, you may be blocked from editing. Calabe1992 (talk) 13:12, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

Edit War[edit]

Before engaging in a prolonged edit war at Modernism perhaps read WP:IDON'TLIKEIT - use the talk page first to discuss the changes that you propose. At the moment consensus is against your changes...Modernist (talk) 14:31, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

Expressionism question[edit]

Solid work on the expressionism article, that's been in need of it for awhile. Nicely done. I had one question about the new sentence: "What, however, can be said, is "that it was a movement that developed in the early twentieth-century mainly in Germany in reaction to the dehumanizing affect of industrialization and the growth of cities, and that one of the central means by which expressionism identifies itself as an avante-garde movement, and by which it marks its distance to traditions and the cultural institution as a whole is through its relationship to realism and the dominant conventions of representation."" Are you sure that it's "affect" and not "effect" in the original? I can understand how "affect" would make sense, but "effect" would be equally likely in the context, and I just wanted to make sure that wasn't a typo. Sindinero (talk) 22:38, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

July 2012[edit]

Please do not add inappropriate external links to Wikipedia, as you did to Weymouth, Dorset. Wikipedia is not a collection of links, nor should it be used for advertising or promotion. Inappropriate links include (but are not limited to) links to personal web sites, links to web sites with which you are affiliated, and links that attract visitors to a web site or promote a product. See the external links guideline and spam guideline for further explanations. Because Wikipedia uses the nofollow attribute value, its external links are disregarded by most search engines. If you feel the link should be added to the article, please discuss it on the article's talk page rather than re-adding it. Thank you. Charles (talk) 08:32, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

A page you started has been reviewed![edit]

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Literature in Wales[edit]

I had to remove the images from the article as they are non-free rationale images. Images that are not pre-1928 or uploaded from a Wikipedian's own camera can not be used, sorry. FruitMonkey (talk) 20:54, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Postmodern writers[edit]

I would just delete the writers who are not postmodern, it can always be reverted. The list is a mess. Writers were added by editors who thought 'postmodern' means 'writing after 1910'. To make any meaningful sense every entry needs a solid reference. Adding question marks is not meaningful in the WP repertoire and will just add to later confusion. Go for it. 12:55, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the comment. I'll remove the question marks, which reflect my lack of certainty and knowledge about postmodernism. I'll delete the names suggested in the list previously posted. There may also be some fairly minor postmodernists listed, but I'm only speculating. Rwood128 (talk) 13:04, 19 October 2012 (UTC)
Good stuff. Also, you don't need to delete one at a time - you can take out as many as you want, or many other changes, in one edit with a clear edit summary. It comes under the heading of being bold. You are entirely in the right. I confess I had given up on the list as it was such a mess and needs citations. I would have voted for its deletion. I am glad you are cleaning it up. Span (talk) 14:27, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
The list was probably split off from the main article. You would probably find opposers to reducing the list to a redirect. I think the list would serve a function if accurate and cited. WP likes lists as long as they make an effort. Some great lists are featured here. The main post modern article is also a mess (in my book) and almost entirely without refs. These articles covering big subject areas are often thankless and hard to knock into shape. I think you're doing well. Don't be disheartened - it's all ongoing work. Best wishes Span (talk) 23:41, 20 October 2012 (UTC)

Decades[edit]

Hi. I have reverted your edits to various decades today. Could you explain more fully what the purpose of them were? I see no issue with the content you removed in reference to WP:RY. Thanks. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 22:03, 20 October 2012 (UTC)

Invitation to William Blake Task Force[edit]

Newton-WilliamBlake.jpg

Hello! I wanted to invite you to the new William Blake Task Force. This new task force will help organizes and coordinates Wikipedia's coverage of Romantic poet and artist William Blake. In Fall 2013, I, User:Sadads, will be having a WP:GLAM internship with The William Blake Archive, and has started the project to organize and support efforts to improve content related to William Blake, the collection of The William Blake Archive and other topics related to Blake's contributions to both literary and visual culture. Some of your previous contributions indicate an interest in Blake, so I wanted to invite you to the project! Hope you join us and happy editing! Sadads (talk) 19:18, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Developing editing techniques[edit]

Hi - me again. If you're developing new ideas and aren't certain how to proceed, it's a lot better to try them out in your own userspace (put something like [[/testing]]) on your user page, then follow the redlink to create a safe testing area for yourself) than to tweak a live article many times ... All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 18:58, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Notability of Outdoor literature[edit]

I've started a discussion of this topic on the article's talk page, feel free to reply there (not on personal talk pages). The article may be salvageable but it is currently headed in a wrong direction. The discussion suggests what needs to be done. Chiswick Chap (talk) 10:26, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

An award for you![edit]

Boots alongside Whare Burn (6782560156).jpg Hiking Award of Merit
For all of your great contributions to hiking-related articles: a Hiking Award of Merit! —hike395 (talk) 16:15, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! I've become somewhat obsessive, when I should be hiking/snowshoeing.Rwood128 (talk) 16:39, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Alley[edit]

Congratulations on all the great work you've put into expanding this article. One thing, though, could be please take a closer look at the references in the article and take some pains to make your new references match them is style? In particular, names of authors should be last name first ("library style"). Refs from websites should be preceded by the name of the website, but followed by it, with the name of the page inside the link, as in:

  • [http://example.com/This-is-the-name-of-the-article.html "This is the name of the article"] on the ''Example'' website

Dates are placed in parens, without the day of the week, such as (December 23, 2013). Names of periodicals are italicized, as in ''[[New York Times]]'', and so on. I'm sure if you take a look at the refs you'll get the idea.

Thanks, BMK, Grouchy Realist (talk) 23:44, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Yes I was feeling a little guilty about someone having to tidy my edits. I'll try and slow down and check more carefully! Sorry about that. Rwood128 (talk) 23:50, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Thomas Hardy[edit]

I have left a note for you on my talk page User talk:CorinneSD.CorinneSD (talk) 18:35, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Owen Glendower[edit]

I don't understand what you mean. Are you saying that you have a copy of the original newsletter containing the full article, rather than the extract shown on the Powys Society website? Deb (talk) 16:58, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

I know that the quotation in question isn't in the extract from the article shown on the website although it is quoted on the website. What I'm asking is whether you have the original full article and the quotation isn't present there either? If you have, then obviously you are correct. If you haven't, then the website is a good enough reference to support its being in the original article. Deb (talk) 08:58, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
Okay, I just wanted to clarify. Obviously I'm not going to "die in a ditch" over it. :-) Deb (talk) 11:47, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
BTW, are you by any chance a member of the Thomas Hardy Society? Deb (talk) 11:48, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
Just wondered, as I'm hoping to go to some of their events this year. Deb (talk) 12:42, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

I like the changes you are making, but a word of caution. There are editors on here who will accuse you of "original research" for reporting facts without references. I started trying to add background because someone tagged the plot summary as being too long, and I'm glad someone has come along who has the appropriate knowledge of Powys's life and body of work. Those aspects of the article need to be emphasized. Deb (talk) 08:15, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

WP:LEAD and WP:APPENDIX[edit]

Hello. Congratulations for your great work. Please note this ([1]). Cheers. --Omnipaedista (talk) 22:10, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Trekking[edit]

The merge proposal seems like a good idea, but why blank the content? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 21:46, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

...to arrange one's (own) burial?[edit]

".. where Thomas Hardy's heart was buried and where poet C. Day-Lewis arranged to be buried." - I'm not convinced that is grammatically correct! An unusual situation, obviously. But I thought it looked better with "himself" added on the end. Surely "buried" there is a reflexive verb? Martinevans123 (talk) 17:40, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Waymarking (disambiguate)[edit]

Hello Rwood128,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged Waymarking (disambiguate) for deletion in response to your request.

If you didn't intend to make such a request and don't want the article to be deleted, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. Vanjagenije (talk) 14:29, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

John Cowper Powys[edit]

I was reading your latest edit to John Cowper Powys, and I saw this:

"these isle".

Is "isle" supposed to be singular? CorinneSD (talk) 01:21, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Trailblazing[edit]

Sorry about that, yes, I misread the talk page thread as you retracting the merge proposal. I've put the templates back up. --McGeddon (talk) 17:01, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

John Cowper Powys[edit]

I see you've been working on John Cowper Powys. That's great! I've made a few minor copy-edits. I wanted to ask you about two things, both in the section John Cowper Powys#Wessex novels:

1) The second sentence in the fifth paragraph, the paragraph that begins "A Glastonbury Romance" reads:

"According to Powys's this novel's "heroine is the Grail", and its central concern is with the various myths and legends along with history associated with Glastonbury."
(a) You will see that "According to Powys's" contains an error. However, before simply deleting the apostrophe s (and adding a comma), I thought I'd point it out to you just in case the original text (your own, another editor's, or a source) contained a name or noun (such as "biographer") after "Powys's" and it got inadvertently left out. If not, and it was really "According to Powys" himself, then the apostrophe and "s" have to be deleted.
(b) In the phrase, "its central concern is with the various myths and legends along with history associated with Glastonbury", I think the phrasing in "the various myths and legends along with history associated with Glastonbury" is a little wordy, and it slows down the flow of the sentence. Unless it is absolutely necessary to separate "history" from "myths and legends", I would make the sentence more concise as follows:
"its central concern is with the myths, legends, and history associated with Glastonbury".

2) The third paragraph, which is one long sentence, reads:

"All the same, despite his indebtedness to the Victorian novel and his enthusiasm for Hardy and Walter Scott, as well as for lesser figures such as Ainsworth, Powys was clearly a modernist, with affinities also with Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Pater, Marcel Proust, Carl Gustav Jung, Sigmund Freud, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, and the T. S. Eliot of The Waste Land."
(a) After "with affinities also with" we see a long list of names with whom Powys had affinities as a writer. However, the last item in the list is a name plus a title of one work: "the T. S. Eliot of The Waste Land". This breaks up the parallel structure already established. Is it vital to include "of The Waste Land"? Is this somehow identifying a changed T. S. Eliot, or T. S. Eliot at a particular period in his life? If it is not absolutely necessary, I would remove "of The Waste Land". (I notice that there is additional information about Eliot's influence on Powys toward the end of the fifth paragraph.)
(b) Also, in that initial prepositional phrase, "with affinities also with", you've got "with" two times. It would be good to figure out a way to avoid that. Perhaps change it to "with affinities also to". If "with" before the names is better, then perhaps change the prepositional phrase to a clause:
"All the same, despite his indebtedness to the Victorian novel and his enthusiasm for Hardy and Walter Scott, as well as for lesser figures such as Ainsworth, Powys was clearly a modernist who had affinities with..." CorinneSD (talk) 22:44, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
Hello again, Rwood. Would you mind if I offer another suggestion? The following sentence is found in John Cowper Powys#Late novels:
"The novels that followed Porius are more minor in scale and an element of fantasy is a special characteristic of them."
This sentence is not grammatically wrong but is not especially elegant. Perhaps one of the following would be better:
  • More minor in scale, the novels that followed Porius are characterized by an element of fantasy.
or:
  • More minor in scale, the novels that followed Porius contain an element of fantasy.
or:
  • The novels that followed Porius, more minor in scale than his previous novels, are characterized by an element of fantasy.
Cheers, CorinneSD (talk) 20:54, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

James Hanley[edit]

Thank you for your comment. I felt the repetition was a worry, without really wishing to make a hard and fast rule about how long a lead could be. It was well past bedtime. Sorry if I was too sudden. I'm glad you were amused.

1. I should have left "short-story writer", presumably important in his case, although most novelists write short stories. I would call that essential lead information.

2. Whether his physical whereabouts would be important enough for the lead, I'm not sure. I think Boy should be up there, though, because Faulkner praised it and it was banned for obscenity, two years after Lady Chatterley, incidentally. I would leave the rest of the bibliographical and critical information for the body of the article. The bibliography itself is excellent, don't you think? Although I haven't checked it against the British Library Catalogue.

3. I think the page puffs Hanley up too much and could be condensed. He's largely forgotten, despite the kind things other writers said. That's an interesting fate, if quite a common one. I read Boy not long ago and was not too impressed.

5. If you felt like doing a complete rewrite, it might make sense to separate his "==Life==" from his "==Works==". More about Boy and the art of being banned if you needed it: [2]. Although this seems to be a publisher's site, which is suspect, it might slip under the net.

6. If you did do a rewrite, then I would call that the first task, after which the lead would write itself. As a reformed journalist I find getting that cool, factual, encyclopaedic approach the hardest thing.

Wishing you well in your work, Brian Bmcln1 (talk) 08:42, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

It reads very well now. Excellent. Bmcln1 (talk) 18:52, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Historical fiction[edit]

Hello, I saw your edits on historical fiction article. Many thanks for your valuable contribution to it! Can you please help and do some more work on the article? I tried redirecting historical novel into the fiction maintheme and putting historical dramas and TV series as well as comics, but I still need your help... or someone else' for that matter.

Regards: The Mad Hatter (talk)

I've stormed out with some "glorius" edits on historical fiction. Follow them out!

The Mad Hatter (talk)

Great edits the last day, but I don't like that the lists are with subheadings. It seems a bit over the top. I will trim them out to ";", if you don't mind. If you don't like it and revert - I will comply, but I think that lesser subheadings in the article it is better.

Regards:The Mad Hatter (talk)

@Rwood128: Hey, I would like to ask you why are you italicizing all the books? Only series should be italicized while the single books - not. Would you like to do it that way?

Regards:The Mad Hatter (talk)

Trail[edit]

Hello, many thanks for your considerable work on the Trail page. I was wondering if you'd consider a couple of other projects; I've been thinking for a long time that there should be a Trail centre/Trail center. Also, the page Trail riding reads very poorly in my opinion, and would benefit from quality editing. No pressure, just suggestions  :)

Thanks again for your work. Obscurasky (talk) 20:54, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Ditto, for your improvements to the Trail riding page. Obscurasky (talk) 08:23, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Category:London[edit]

Hi. About the categorization of Royal Parks of London and other London-related pages, I explain: this time I removed only the main Category:London, and not the other one (parks and open spaces in LND) that I removed 2 days ago. Well, as you can see, the category of London, as for the well-structured categories with hundreds of subcategories, has only the article London and not a series of random articles. This is also due to the fact that I follow several categories about cities from 2009, trying to find their deeper subcategories. It's only a normal and technical maintenance work. Anyway, a category so well comlexly structured and developed (and important) as "London" may work in that was. Just for example, a category as "France" may only contain France, because it is a choice of thousands of subcategories. About the other category you placed "parks and open spaces in London", I left it. I controlled that category and, effectively, it seems to be structured to host also pages with their own subcat: it's a set category. Ok, hoping to have well explained this technical/maintenance issue, I wish you good work for your good work (I've seen). Regards. --Dэя-Бøяg 15:13, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Linear parks[edit]

I've finished hacking now. Let's use talk:Linear park to discuss further. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 23:59, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

re Ireland, that old horse has been round the course so many times that there is a Manual of Style for it, see ref in my edit comment. If it offends your eye, change UK to UK of GB and NI.--John Maynard Friedman (talk) 00:10, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
I wrote that not realising that you had reverted again, so I guess you didn't see my edit note. It's at Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Ireland-related articles#Use of ''Ireland'' and ''Republic of Ireland''. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 00:16, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
Not at all. I've been there, done that, still have the bruises from blindly walking into this minefield in the past! Just to make life entertaining, the island and the state are both formally 'Ireland'. 'Republic of' is "a supplementary description for disambiguation when necessary" (this is in the real world beyond wp).
Let's just hope now that there are no LPs in Macedonia/Republic of Macedonia/Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia because that is an even bigger maelstrom with no sign whatever of compromise. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 17:32, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
I forgot to add: 'Britain' is a legal and valid term for 'the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'. There is no challenge to that (except, I suppose, Roman Britain which was only England and Wales). NB British Isles is another minefield! --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 17:39, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
I suspect that I've walked into the "Everybody knows that ..." trap with 'Britain'. If the OED says it's informal then I'm sure it's true. But it is very heavily used.
There is a useful legal term becoming more used on Wp: 'British Islands', which includes the IoM and CIs in addition to the UK (of GB and NI). --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 13:02, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

Happy holidays[edit]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Rwood! :) Have a great time! You are making fantastic edits!

Regards: The Mad Hatter (talk)

Landscape[edit]

A few of us have been discussing a re-working of the article Landscape. See Talk:Landscape#Discussion from my talk. One, User:Zaereth, has begun the trimming that was discussed, which I applaud. I'm wondering whether you would like to write a section or two such as "Landscape in (or and) literature", "Landscape in (or and) novels", or "Landscape in (or and) poetry". If you have any other ideas for creating a better article, please feel free to add them to the discussion. CorinneSD (talk) 00:46, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

A smile for you[edit]

Macaca nigra self-portrait (rotated and cropped).jpg Smile
Smiley - Monkey. Hafspajen (talk) 13:29, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Jonathan Swift[edit]

Could you tell me what I have misunderstood at Jonathan Swift? See [3]. CorinneSD (talk) 23:33, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Images[edit]

I'm far from being an expert on adding images to articles, but I have learned a lot by reading WP:Picture tutorial. Information specifically on formatting galleries is at WP:Picture tutorial#Galleries. One more way to learn how to add, place, and size images is to look at the formatting of images in an article or on a talk page in edit mode. Sometimes you can copy the formatting and paste it after the file name of another image that you want to add. CorinneSD (talk) 02:16, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Native American use of fire[edit]

Thank you for the link to Native American use of fire. I'm planning to read it, but after just a glance at the article, I saw those large, blue "pull quotes" around a quote. I know from reading MOS:Blockquote that pull quotes are reserved for when the material in the quote is "pulled" from -- that is, appears in -- the text of the article. Otherwise, it should be formatted as a block quote with the blockquote template. I changed the template, but it left something wrong with the reference at the end of it. I don't know how to fix it, and I was wondering if you could do that. CorinneSD (talk) 22:01, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD I think it's fixed -- though perhaps you will delete my brackets? Rwood128 (talk) 22:51, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Romantic poetry[edit]

I was reading some of the article on Romantic poetry, and I came across a sentence that had some problems. I left a comment at Talk:Romantic poetry#A sentence needs work. Maybe you can figure it out and fix it. CorinneSD (talk) 01:10, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

The Romantic era in Britain[edit]

Hello, Rwood. I've been looking at these two sentences that appear in the middle of the first paragraph in Landscape#The Romantic era in Britain:

  • From the 18th century, a taste for the sublime in landscape emerged alongside the sublime in language. An earlier topographical poem that influenced the romantics, was James Thomson's The Seasons (1726-30).

There are some things that are not clear to me in these sentences. Please don't take this as a criticism. I'm kind of "thinking out loud".

(a) In the first sentence, it's not clear what is meant by "landscape" in "a taste for the sublime in landscape". Is it the real physical landscape of England, the landscape in painting, or both?

(b) I know I added the word "alongside" (probably to replace a word that was less clear), but even that word is not completely clear. Perhaps "along with" would be better, or "simultaneously with", or re-word it so that you say what actually occurred in "language" -- and do you really mean "language", or should this be "literature"?

(c) In the second sentence, I don't understand the use of the comparative "earlier". Earlier than what? And, if this poem influenced the romantics (I assume you mean Romantic poets), then it was written before the Romantic era got underway, and thus is not an example of the new type of poetry. I'm just asking, because it follows a sentence that speaks of the emergence of the sublime in language/literature. CorinneSD (talk) 20:15, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Virginia Woolf[edit]

Besides the fact that it broke up the title "Mrs. Dalloway", what do you think of this edit? [4] CorinneSD (talk) 18:55, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD is this better? For information relating to DeSalvo's claim that Woolf suffered sexual abuse, see Williams, L. C. A. (2014)

Well, I think the first sentence ("Controversially,...") makes it clear that Woolf did suffer sexual abuse as a child. I don't think that is just a claim. I think what is controversial in DeSalvo's work is the effect this had on her life and work. (See the sixth paragraph in Virginia Woolf#Early Life.) This editor, Tracy Miller, suggests this effect is not as controversial as that sentence about DeSalvo seems to say. I'm just wondering about adding a reference to another book: "For information on DeSalvo's claim..., see [another book]." Is this normal for a WP article? I thought usually the other writer would be quoted or paraphrased. Well, if it is all right, I would just change "For information on" to "For further information on" or "For further reading on", and I would change "DeSalvo's claim" to "DeSalvo's ideas" or "DeSalvo's arguments". CorinneSD (talk) 22:15, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD I realised later that I probably hadn't looked closely enough at the original. I don't know about WP practice but I'd turn it into a note (I mean a real note, not a citation). Your proposed changes sound good: ' For more information on DeSalvo's views on the sexual abuse suffered by Woolf see …' Rwood128 (talk) 22:54, 31 January 2015 (UTC).

Tilia[edit]

I know this isn't your particular area of interest, but I thought you might be able to help. I was looking at the latest edit to Tilia at [5], which is actually the editor's correction to the previous edit. Then I looked through the article and saw that not only is there a formatting error in that line, but there is some inconsistency in the formatting of two foreign language poems, each of which is accompanied by a translation.

  • Regarding the latest addition to the article, the line seems all right (but a little short; maybe more of the poem should have been included?), and I don't know which of the editor's two versions is more correct (capitalization, etc.).

CorinneSD

In her room at the prow of the house

Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,

My daughter is writing a story.

In my opinion it would be better to quote this whole verse – the first verse in fact.
  • The two poems with translation are in the section Tilia#Romantic symbol. While it may have been created with a table, no table lines are showing between lines or between the original and the translation. The second poem with translation was clearly made with a table. Don't you think these two poems should be formatted in a consistent manner? Which arrangement do you prefer?
The first is the only way! And surely poetry should be centred, if possible?
  • Third (and this is a minor point), there is a lot of white space after the bulleted list in Tilia#History. Is there any way to reduce that space? CorinneSD (talk) 22:23, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
I moved two images into the gallery, because they were the cause of the problem – but they may nor really belong there, you can better judge.

Rwood128 (talk) 01:06, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

I changed the formatting of the second poem-with-translation so it matches the first poem-with-translation. I wish there were a way to indent each poem a little from the left margin and put a little more space between each poem and its translation (they're awfully close). I added the lines to the Wilbur poem (does it need a reference?). I think we'd better ask Hafspajen about the images. Hafs, read above. CorinneSD (talk) 03:13, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Huh. That's a scary layout. Why two big galleries like that? Hafspajen (talk) 03:22, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I mean there is plenty of place to spread out those pictures. One makes galleries when there is no more place to put the pictures. And why Eminescu of all people? Hafspajen (talk) 03:28, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

I think the solution here was much better.Hafspajen (talk) 03:31, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

(edit conflict)Hafs I thought it looked all right before. I had just mentioned (above, where it says, "Third...") that there was a lot of white space after the second image in Tilia#History. CorinneSD (talk) 03:32, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Oh, you are suggesting a different image, or an entirely different layout?
Avenue with linden in the cemetery by Ringkøbing, Jutland, Denmark.

- CorinneSD (talk) 03:37, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Hafs, you know what you're doing. You don't have to ask, at least not me. CorinneSD (talk) 03:38, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

..OK, I can try to make it work, but it is never a good idea to have galleries that are too big in the middle of the article. Not until there is really no more space to put pictures. Hafspajen (talk) 03:50, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Hafs, Rwood128 only made a gallery (or second gallery) in response to my question about the slight bit of extra white space. See my question, above. Before s/he made the gallery, the images looked all right to me (at least as far as arrangement), except for that white space in "History". I don't think s/he'd mind your either putting them back or re-arranging them. CorinneSD (talk) 03:54, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
as you will have seen I've made further edits. Hope these are acceptable. The images look much better. 
One further thing: is the article sufficiently clear with regard to the difference between linden (Tilia) and lime (Citrus)? One example: 'The lime tree is referred to in the story The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono'. Is this in fact the fruit tree? Rwood128 (talk) 12:29, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

But its no longer there. has certainly been ruthless! i certainly agree with what he's done. There's too much of this kind of trivia around. Rwood128 (talk) 00:35, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

I AM VERY SORRY: but it's not gone, it's all here: Lime tree in culture. Just made an other article. Do not despair. It's all yours to edit. Hafspajen (talk) 01:03, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
I'm so impressed that Hafspajen has made a new article, with images, in such a short time. CorinneSD (talk) 01:24, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD & Hafspajen, actually I hadn't realized how much had gone. Yes, a great job. Rwood128 (talk) 02:01, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

W. H. Auden[edit]

Hello, Rwood128 -- Do you agree with this edit? [6] CorinneSD (talk) 00:10, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD what about Constance Rosalie née Bicknell? Perhaps within within brackets? That's how it's done for D. H. Lawrence. Julia Prinsep Duckworth Stephen (née Jackson, 1846–1895) is Virginia Woolf's mother. Hope this helps. Rwood128 (talk) 00:23, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. I looked at several author articles, and they're not all the same in this regard. See Rudyard Kipling#Childhood (1865-1882), first sentence. CorinneSD (talk) 00:32, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD Constance Rosalie Auden, née Bicknell, according to Fowler's Modern English Usage (3rd edition). Rwood128 (talk) 00:51, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

O.K. Thanks. (That seems to be the form in Kipling, too.) CorinneSD (talk) 01:46, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

Your note on Backpacking article at my page[edit]

All good. Responded to there. Yours, Wikiuser100 (talk) 21:50, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Benjamin Haydon[edit]

R, if you have time, would you read User talk:Rothorpe#Benjamin Haydon and comment? CorinneSD (talk) 17:12, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Great work[edit]

Hi, Rwood128. We haven't met, but I noticed the fine work you've done on Middlemarch. Concise is king! Bishonen | talk 19:29, 6 March 2015 (UTC).

Bishonen, Thanks. By chance I came on the Core Contest page. Good slogan. Rwood128 (talk) 19:41, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For being such an excellent collaborator on projects like Historical fiction and Nautical fiction, and more importantly keeping other editors ambitions and language in check :) Sadads (talk) 17:26, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Series and serial[edit]

CorinneSD, I recently edited the info boxes for a number of article for novels by Charles Dickens. Amongst other things I deleted the line Series Weekly: 1 December 1860 – 3 August 1861 for Great Expectations, which are dates for the serializing of the novel. My reason was that this was a misuse of the word series. These edits were speedily reverted. This is my response [7].

I'm probably being a wrong-headed here, but what is your opinion? Rwood128 (talk) 21:09, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD, many thanks -- I was beginning to think that I was just tired and crotchety, and had been doing too much editing. Rwood128 (talk) 21:52, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

No, you were right about "series" and "serial" or "serialization". I don't know which is better for "genre". Where did you find that infobox on Swallows and Amazons? It wasn't in the article on the series and it wasn't in the article for Arthur Ransome. I was just thinking of adding the word "by" before "Arthur Ransome" in the information about illustrations at the beginning of the infobox. CorinneSD (talk) 21:59, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
CorinneSD, it is for the novel Swallows and Amazons.
The descriptions for genre, on the infoboxes for many novels really irritates me, i.e. Heart of Darkness: Genre Frame story, philosophical novella. Rwood128 (talk)
Oh, no, I don't like that, either. WP is for the general reader, not for academics. Terms such as novel, short story, and maybe novella, or poem, non-fiction, etc., ought to be sufficient. CorinneSD (talk) 23:12, 21 March 2015 (UTC) Or maybe phrases such as Adventure novel, Mystery or Mystery novel, or Children's adventure story. I'm speaking generally, of course, not about Heart of Darkness. CorinneSD (talk) 23:22, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
I agree with your suggestions. I've simplified Heart of Darkness. Rwood128 (talk) 23:27, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
Good. The specific type of novel, or novella, can be discussed in the body of the article. CorinneSD (talk) 00:17, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
R - I saw your recent edit to the infobox. To me, it's fine. I just wondered whether writing "1860–1" (for the serial publication) is a standard way of writing the two years. It kind of looks like "1 serial". I'm wondering whether it would be acceptable to write the years as "1860–61". Then it would be clear that it is 1860–1861. CorinneSD (talk) 17:47, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD, I'm never sure about this. This follows the University of Wales Press style sheet, because I was using that very recently. This is also what The New Fowler recommends. However, it confused you, so I'll put serial first. Thanks. But if you prefer 186O–61, I have no problem with that. Rwood128 (talk) 20:13, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Well, putting "Serial" first removes any confusion; it is also now parallel to "book 1861" (word - date, word - date). But is "serial" used here as a noun - [a] Serial? I guess there isn't enough room to write: Published In serial form (or Serially) 1860-1, book 1861. (I'm looking at "serial" so much now I'm starting to think of cereal.) I think it's really all right now, though. CorinneSD (talk) 21:03, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
Either 'as a serial' or 'serialized' –– but leave book as is? I was trying to keep things as simple as possible. Hence book not 'first edition' or 'three volume book' (do you agree? –––Actually I'm now having doubts. Can a three or four volume work be called a book?). I also prefer just 'print', for the medium, rather than the longer version, 'Print, hard cover, etc.' Even audio book included, in one case! Rwood128 (talk) 21:28, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
I didn't know that, after it appeared in serial form, the book was first published in three volumes. Perhaps that was more common then than it is now. Isn't all this explained in the article? I think it's best to keep it simple, so I would just leave it as it is now. CorinneSD (talk) 21:58, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
I see you went with a more informative version. Looks good! CorinneSD (talk) 22:57, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your help in getting there. Rwood128 (talk) 23:29, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
Do you feel like giving me your opinion on some edits to Marsh? First read my comment at User talk:Apokryltaros#Marsh, then my comment at User talk:CorinneSD#Marsh. I'm up against two biologists, so I may well be wrong. Please respond either here or on my talk page. Thanks. CorinneSD (talk) 00:11, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
I had a quick glance, but I'm tired. I'll check in the morning, R. -- d/w on your page.Rwood128 (talk) 18:40, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD: Re: serial/series[8] -- I'm being driven crazy. Would you mind taking a quick look and tell me if I'm becoming senile --- if I'm not, let me know, but don't get drawn into the mire. I keep getting involved in conflicts of late -- some zen is clearly needed. R. Rwood128 (talk) 18:38, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

No, you're not. I've left a comment there. CorinneSD (talk) 02:14, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
Corinne I found this upsetting and felt stupid for allowing the arguing to continue for so long, rather doing some real editing. I greatly appreciate your support. I didn't really wish to involve you but you had spent time trying to improve the infobox. There's a term, from cricket, stonewalling, that might apply here. I don't think it is really worth all this hassle for a small detail, especially when the articles on Dickens' novels need work, including, for example, the lede for Great Expectatons. Rwood128 (talk) 09:41, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
The discussion has moved to the Novel Project page [9]. I have also asked another editor, Sadads, who works on novels, to also look at this. Rwood128 (talk) 12:19, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
(The first paragraph in the article on Stonewalling really needs some work, too.) CorinneSD (talk) 15:47, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Very funny! Thanks again -- but not for making me blush, with the recent compliments. Anyhow, CorinneSD, call on me for editing help anytime. Rwood128 (talk) 15:57, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Fiction[edit]

Hello. I'm looking at your most recent edits to the "Fiction" article and have some concerns:

  • I'm wondering why you deleted the original sentence that actually defined what fiction is (even with a source included). Now, the lede just describes fiction overly broadly as a "literary genre, a narrative or creative account" but without any fully fleshed-out definition. Not every literary genre, narrative, etc. is fiction (in fact these categories also describe non-fiction), so this seems much less clear as a first sentence.
  • Also the tag at the end of the first sentence there ("in the sense that they are fictional") does not seem to help out the lede, since the idea of fiction/fictional/fictionality is never actually defined; this makes for a circular description. Can we reinstate the original source I used (I'm happy to reword my phrasing, if that's what you found clunky, awkward, etc.)?
  • The third sentence blatantly contradicts the first sentence.
  • The final sentence of the lede itself seems like a particularly confusing case of unnecessary wordiness.

Please comment on my talk page in response or if you need any further clarifications on these thoughts. Thank you! Wolfdog (talk) 01:12, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

By the way, I was just thinking, based on your heavy focus on fiction in the specific sense of the literary genre by that name, you might be seeking the page Literary fiction. Wolfdog (talk) 01:51, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks for your helpful comments. I had realised that my edit needed further work, but have been preoccupied the last few days, I need further time to think about this and read more on genre. Heather Dubrow's short book Genre looks like a good beginning, as I cannot find anything useful online. I don't believe that I was looking for literary fiction. However, what I did find interesting was that drama is defined as a mode, a new term for me.
I find great difficulties in defining fiction simply, given that in the twenty first century the division between fiction and non-fiction has become meaningless. Certainly the greatest literature is about truth and scientists recognize that their theories are just useful fictions. I'm not an expert on genre, and I suspect that the experts may not always agree, but I plan to look further into this.
I thought it would save confusion if we kept the discussion here for now. I'll try and look closely at you useful ideas later today, if possible,Rwood128 (talk) 10:07, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
I have a contrary opinion, which is that "reducing confusion" when discussing substantive criticisms is best done on the article talk page. Otherwise, other knowledgeable people don't know about it, and when they find out we usually run into WP:MULTI problems. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 12:20, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

NewsAndEventsGuy I totally agree, and had considered suggesting that to Wolfdog. I would be happy to see this whole discussion copied to Fiction Talk, if that is acceptable to Wolfdog. I have other things on my mind, but giving the criticism above a quick look, I think that much is probably true and Fiction should be revised accordingly. For me the final part is the most important: "The word fiction is at times used incorrectly, when works in other genres, such as the theatre, opera, film, etc., are described as being in the fiction genre. They are, however, of course, in the other sense of the word, works of fiction." The final sentence was an after thought, so it might well be deleted, (see reference to wordiness above), especially if the confusion earlier in the lede is resolved.

But see my comment above re the thorny question of truth and fiction. It may take time to get better wording.

I did find the previous version "clunky, awkward" in places, to quote Wolfdog. My preference would be to continue editing rather than endless discussion, though here both are probably needed. Rwood128 (talk) 12:50, 6 April 2015 (UTC) ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @Wolfdog:, 2 out of 3 of us have agreed to move the guts of this thread to Talk:Fiction. Do you also consent? NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 13:33, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms, ed. Cuddon (1999), defines Fiction as "A vague and general term for an imaginative work, usually in prose" and A Handbook to Literature, Harmon and Holman (7th edition), as " Narrative writing drawn from the imagination rather than from history or fact. The term most usual associated with novels and short stories, though drama and narrative poetry are also forms of fiction. M. H. Abrams's A Glossary of Literary Terms (1999) has a long discussion of "Fiction and Truth", which looks most useful here. His definition is more lengthy, so I won't quote it – but similar to that of Cuddon. What is most interesting is that the word "genre" is missing from these definitions. The dates refer to my editions, which are reprints. Rwood128 (talk) 19:23, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes, I think it's time to move the discussion. I have know idea if there is some formal way to do this, but go ahead. Wolfdog (talk) 19:44, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

@Wolfdog: NewsAndEventsGuy, I'd just cut and paste with a brief explanation, but maybe there're formal WP rules! Shall I do that? Rwood128 (talk) 20:07, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

The only rules that apply are that this is your talk page. See WP:OWNTALK; since the only members of the discussion all agree, cut and paste away. Even better, cut, paste, and chop out the off point noise (like all of my remarks so far), so long as you don't change anyone else's meaning. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 21:53, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Renaissance literature[edit]

Hello, The article Renaissance literature seems rather short for such a broad topic. Perhaps if you have the inclination you would be able to improve it. (I did some work on it a long time ago but do not have access to much more in the way of sources.)--Johnsoniensis (talk) 07:16, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Johnsoniensis, agreed. I'll add it to my watch list and will try to help, over time – it sounds like a possible entry for WP: The Core Contest for next year. Rwood128 (talk) 12:27, 7 April 2015 (UTC)
Good; at present the Norwegian article on this topic is much fuller, but so few people know Norwegian that it does not help much with the improving the English one.--Johnsoniensis (talk) 12:34, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Heart of Darkness[edit]

Hello, Rwood128 - If you're not too busy, do you feel like replying to this editor at Talk:Heart of Darkness#Postcolonialism Section? CorinneSD (talk) 22:53, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! CorinneSD (talk) 23:10, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
I assume by now you've seen the latest edits to Heart of Darkness: [10]. I used Earwig's Copyvio Detector (link is on my talk page, under the Signpost) for the entire article and found 54.3% probability of the presence of copyvio. Then I did another search, entering the revision I.D., which I think is the last nine digits in the url of the revision, which I've supplied here, and it found 97.2% probability of copyvio. If you click on this link you ought to be able to see it: [11]. I don't know if I've done everything right, but if I have, that's an awfully high percentage. I'll leave the editing or reverting up to you. CorinneSD (talk) 19:19, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
I'm confused, especially as Earwig's Copyvio Detector is new to me – but isn't the blog using the Wikipedia article rather than the other way round? Using Google I couldn't find any problems with the recent edits. Rwood128 (talk) 20:37, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Well, when 7&6=13 gave me the link to ECD, he warned me about that. See the note I wrote right under the link on my talk page. I didn't check Google. CorinneSD (talk) 21:51, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Gertrude Bell[edit]

I saw this just before your two edits to Gertrude Bell: [12] Does that belong there? CorinneSD (talk) 00:29, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Joseph Conrad[edit]

In the lead of the article on Joseph Conrad, an editor added a name to a list of people whom Conrad influenced. However, besides a missing period, the link is red. I know that sometimes red-linked names or terms are left as is to encourage others to write an article, but in this case, it's the only red-linked name in a long list of writers, and it's in the lead, so I think it detracts from the appearance of the article. I don't know who this philosopher is, or whether s/he was indeed influenced by Conrad. What do you think? CorinneSD (talk) 03:24, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

CorinneSD this person has been removed by another editor. But should this full list be in the lead rather than just select major figures? Furthermore some names have no citations. I would suggest moving the main list to the "Legacy" section. Rwood128 (talk) 09:47, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
I agree. I thought the list was too long for the lead. Do you want to take care of this? You'll know which major figures to leave in the lead, and you'll probably be able to find some citations. CorinneSD (talk) 15:51, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Speaking of Joseph Conrad, what do you think about this edit to Heart of Darkness? [13] Is that an appropriate external link? CorinneSD (talk) 15:57, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I'll do it.
Re H of D , I've noticed these links being added on other pages, but I have nn idea about WP policy. Rwood128 (talk) 17:52, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Vsmith? What do you think? CorinneSD (talk) 22:34, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes, that list is too long and should be removed (or drastically cut) from the lead. I have no opinion nor knowledge of policy re: that type of ext. link. Vsmith (talk) 23:11, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:External links. A quick read suggests that this link is acceptable, but I'm no authority on rules and regulations. Rwood128 (talk) 19:13, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Thomas Hardy 2[edit]

R, what do you think of this edit to Thomas Hardy? [14] Be sure to read all the notes to editors. CorinneSD (talk) 23:06, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Corinne. I just took a quick look. This seems unsatisfactory, but it's late, so I'll check properly tomorrow. Rwood128 (talk) 01:36, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Richard Francis Burton[edit]

I just started reading the article on Richard Francis Burton. I was surprised to see in the first sentence in the section Richard Francis Burton#Early life and education (1822–42) the time of his birth in addition to the date. Do you think it is necessary to give the exact time of his birth? CorinneSD (talk) 17:45, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

I suggest that you remove it as unnecessary detail, unless Burton's horoscope is important. Rwood128 (talk) 19:10, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
Also baptism? Rwood128 (talk) 21:34, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
I don't know. That would mean removing an entire sentence. What do you think?
I have just finished reading the entire article. I want to ask you about something. In the second-to-last paragraph (or around there) in the section Richard Francis Burton#Scandals is the following sentence:
  • Stanley Lane-Poole, a Burton detractor, reported that Burton "confessed rather shamefastly that he had never killed anybody at any time."
I thought the word was normally spelled "shamefacedly". Can you check to see whether this word was correctly copied from the source? If it was, shouldn't [sic] be added after the misspelled word? CorinneSD (talk) 03:28, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
I thought it was a typo, but it's in the original (checked using Google). See Merriam Webster [15] Rwood128 (talk) 09:55, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Isabel Burton[edit]

I just finished reading the article on Isabel Burton, and I came across this sentence in the fourth-to-last paragraph of Isabel Burton#Biography:

  • She now needed morphine injections to help her cope with the pain of the cancer, but she was determined to republish 34 of Richard's works in a memorial edition.

Since (unless I missed it), there is no mention of cancer, or even illness, before this, the phrase "the cancer" makes me think this might have been copied from a source. Do you feel like looking into this? CorinneSD (talk) 02:39, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

This is in the source cited, so you may need to supply quotation marks. Rwood128 (talk) 11:32, 29 April 2015 (UTC)