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Does Eli Mandel's poem about Auschwitz contain a rare word, or a typo?

The original 1973 publication of the poem is available at the Internet Archive and reads as follows:     while the whitehatted star spangled cowboys         shot the dark men and shot the dark men    ...
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Is this a typo in my copy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?

Yes, it is an obvious typo, be for he. The original has: Cependant, tandis qu’il haranguait, la satisfaction, l’admiration unanimement excitées par son costume, se dissipaient à ses paroles; il ...
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What is "taughtly aristocratic"?

It’s a rare spelling variation. The OED says: taut, adj. Forms: … β. 1600s– taught (now nonstandard) and gives citations showing that this form remains current: 1834   F. Marryat Peter Simple II. ...
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"particles, photons and quants" - a typo in "The Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"?

The word “quants” is used in quantum physics, usually in the phrase “light quants”. Here is an example from 1932: The light energy..always remains concentrated in the form of ‘light quants’, or ...
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Why does my copy of "Jude the Obscure" use 'part first' instead of 'first part' or something like that?

If you enter the google books search "part second" you will see this construction was a perfectly normal practice in the 1700 and 1800s. Here are some of the hits I got: to The Ploughboy: A Poem, ...
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In Huxley's Island, what is a "bass thurible?"

The (1976) second reprint on archive.org refers to it as a brass thurible. Given that the word brass is notched, it's possible that your version was OCR'd from the archive version.
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"particles, photons and quants" - a typo in "The Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"?

In Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (New York: William Morrow, 1990), Ron L. DiSanto and Tom J. Steele included a section with notes to Pirsig's novel. ...
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What's on the pages missing from the Internet Archive copy of "Angel Baker, Thief"?

Examining the physical copy in my library, I found that the table of contents ends on page viii and a short prologue appears on pages ix and x. The story itself begins on page 3. The first chapter is ...
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Is this an editing error in this part of 1985 by Anthony Burgess?

Checked a printed edition (Beautiful Books), published in 2010, the division of lines between the two voices in the Epilogue is as you quoted them (the book uses italics to distinguish between the two)...
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What is a “sawney tea” in Kingsley Amis’ “The Riverside Villas Murder”?

I think that sawney is, like "feece and pear" mentioned in the question, another eye-dialect for a French word, specifically soigné (soignée), which in English is pronounced "swahn-YEY&...
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What did Virginia Woolf mean by "walked on the past the flower–bed" in Kew Gardens?

It’s just a mistake. The Celebration of Women Writers edition that you linked to says: Initial text entry and proof-reading of this chapter were the work of volunteer Steven van Leeuwen. The ...
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Why does my copy of "Jude the Obscure" use 'part first' instead of 'first part' or something like that?

Is this a printing error? A style that I've never seen before? Something else? Definitely not a printing error; it's a style you've never seen before. Jude the Obscure isn't even the only Thomas ...
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What is a “sawney tea” in Kingsley Amis’ “The Riverside Villas Murder”?

Another speculative idea. "Sawney" is a variety of cardamom (see Black Cardamom). Cardamom "is consumed as a hot beverage in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, and Trinidad and ...
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What's on the pages missing from the Internet Archive copy of "Angel Baker, Thief"?

Examining the internet archive copy to which you refer and by examining the 'contents' page The prologue starts on page ix ,by leafing through the pages online : it can be seen that the prologue ...
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What is a “sawney tea” in Kingsley Amis’ “The Riverside Villas Murder”?

I’ll be upfront, this is a guess. The term has the air of public school slang about it (Peter’s class militates against ‘bacon’ being the meaning as that appears to be primarily a lower class slang or ...
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Typographical inconsistency in James Joyce's "Araby"

Since “left” makes sense in context and “felt” does not, the simplest explanation is that the former is correct and the latter an error. The 1914 Grant Richards edition of Dubliners is available via ...
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