On the Value of Footnotes

According to Noel Coward, “Having to read a footnote resembles having to go downstairs to answer the door while in the midst of making love.”

Personally, I love a good footnote, although according to Coward, this confession apparently sheds some light on my personal life! Footnotes are a well of information, they provide readers and researchers with a whole new journey separate, but connected to the original narrative. They are an inspiration.

Despite the fact that I am rather fond of the old footnote and indeed, prefer them to the endnote (which I find frustrating, to say the least), this article was a wellspring of good information and very well written!

http://www.stanfordalumni.org/news/magazine/1997/janfeb/articles/footnotes.html

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