'The Ends of Editing' is a discussion of the problems, textual and interpretative, faced by an editor charged with the preparation of a scholarly edition of an author's work (in particular the writing of William Blake), or a group of works. This essay appears in _Editing and Reading Blake_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.
The first thought when planning to row the Atlantic must be: "Where to start from?" Then, having reached halfway, the only thought is: "Will this ever end?" The editor of works as vast as Blake's probably has similar, if less physical thoughts.