My last post stated plainly that Blyton’s drafts don’t evidence significant revisions, but this morning I began to wonder if I might have to revise that statement somewhat. As I began to look in more detail at the typescripts for two of the books in her Adventure series, I noticed what appeared to be evidence of more substantial changes to the texts. The typescript of The River of Adventure includes several pages which have corrections and revisions cut and pinned into position. Quite literally a cut and paste job! These revised pages become increasingly frequent towards the end of the draft.
As I carefully removed the rusty pins and peeked beneath the pinned blocks of text, I hoped these replacement passages would turn out to be radically different from those underneath. So far, however, they have proved slightly misleading in that regard. These cut and pinned revisions appear to simply be clean, retyped copies of the text underneath, incorporating some minor revisions made by hand. Blyton was perhaps concerned that her manuscript annotations might prove confusing or unclear to her editor, and so tidied up the draft with the aid of scissors and pins. Not quite the radical rewrites I might have hoped for, but there may be more waiting to be discovered!