genetic dossier

I will define the collection of genetic documentation [dossier de genèse] as the whole body of known, classified, and transcribed manuscripts and documents connected with a text whose form has reached, in the opinion of its author, a state of completion or near completion. When fairly complete, the genetic documentation of a published work generally exhibits four main phases that I have entitled the precompositional, compositional, prepublication and publication phases.

(Biasi 1996, 31)

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