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I have been on Wikipedia today messing up articles. Well, correcting them. At first, I could not find the | on my computer. Perhaps this is because I got kicked out of Typing Class in 7th grade, or was it 8th, for talking too much. But as many of you probably know, if you want to put a link onto wikipedia, there are a few things to master. Like how to use the |. If anyone has any questions, I can probably not answer them.
I have been itching to figure out Wikipedia because the Anne Bradstreet article has been bugging me for years; in that smug wikipedia way, it claimed Anne had no idea her book was going to be published. This, despite the fact that we have a letter confirming her knowledge of the publication plan. Who cares? Well, I think modern readers should know that 17th century Anne was not some meek Puritan poetess. She wanted people to read her work. The reason we don’t know this is that Anne and her family tried to hide her tracks, saying she was too shy to want public exposure. This was smart, since if people thought she had overstepped her bounds as a woman — that she had literary (gasp) ambitions — she could face a trial or exile like Anne Hutchinson. But if readers swallow the humility story, then they will miss seeing how brilliant Anne’s stratagems were and how difficult it was to be a literary woman in the 17th century. If you read too much, or, even worse, wrote, you might drown yourself, Governor Winthrop told women. Look at Mrs S— who threw herself into a well because of her book addiction (my paraphrase).
At any rate, after many tries, I erased the wiki- falsehoods, but only after receiving red-flagged messages about my editing errors.