Put in revisions today to correct those couple of errors that Susan de Guardiola was kind enough to point out, plus I fixed one annoying error about the history of Chelmsford Town Hall that I’d misunderstood from my original source. Added one photo and tweaked another, and I added some more endnotes. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same book, just without the mistakes!
It may take a few days for the revisions to go through, but after that any new orders will get the revised edition.
I just came across a very nice review of Twirling Jennies from back in October on Capering & Kickery, a dance history site. Being the first review I’ve seen from a serious dance historian, she’s found some errors, alas. Elias Howe, the dance master, was not the same Elias Howe that invented the sewing machine (although they were born a mere year apart, and confusing the two is not uncommon). And The Lancers Quadrilles go back further than Twirling Jennies states. But beyond that (and some other lesser technical quibbles), she’s quite enthusiastic.
So, my apologies for the errors. Much as I would have liked everything to be perfectly accurate, it comes as no surprise that, with all the detail crammed into the book, a few mistakes were made. Happily, that is what second editions are for!
Twirling Jennies has gotten a couple of nice reviews at Amazon. (And yes, I’ve been suggesting to readers that they write a review, but no, I had nothing at all to do with what they chose to say.)
There’s also now an official press release that can be seen via the link at left.
And here’s an interesting image that I found after Twirling Jennies went to press, probably from around 1870: