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  • n. A handwritten document that has been written neatly and correctly without scratch-outs and revisions.

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  • n. a clean copy of a corrected draft


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  • After breakfast I am employed in making out a fair copy of the Investigator's log in lieu of my own, which was spoiled at the shipwreck.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • I must again ask you to undertake the disagreeable task of making a fair copy of the errors in the Zurich Sonata.

    Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826, Vol. 1 of 2

  • This three-stanza medievalizing lyric exists in a fair copy manuscript currently included with leaves containing the final stanzas of “Sir Roland” and the additonal stanzas cited above in the note to line 267 of “Sir Roland.”

    Under The Moon


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  • Another and final deception would come with the Fair Copy in which, for a short while, calligraphy, vellum paper, and India ink beautified a dead doggerel. And to think that for almost five years I kept trying and kept getting caught—until I fired that painted, pregnant, meek, miserable little assistant!
    —Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins!‎ p. 44

    June 7, 2009