Writers and editors, like the rest of us, sometimes find themselves saying, "I've made a huge mistake." Errors sometimes find their way into book reviews, author profiles and language articles. When noteworthy mixups are made, right-thinking publications inform their readers with clear and prominent correction notices, which revise potentially harmful misinformation.
More importantly, however, sometimes these correction notices, whether unintentionally or due to a slyly witty corrections editor, are incredibly funny. Literary corrections may be among the funniest of all; there's something particularly ridiculous-sounding about, for example, a correction to the plot summary of a wildly inventive novel of magical realism.
Here are 27 particularly absurd and amusing bookish corrections that are funny as well as functional:
CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this post inadvertently implied, incorrectly, that Gabriele Annan was unaware that Rilke's poetry had been translated into English. The post has updated to clarify this.