This book is part of a wider project showcased on its sister website, www.filologiadautore.it, a resource coordinated by Paola Italia. With What is Authorial Philology?, the authors aim to provide an introduction to the field, and hope that the volume will serve as an introduction to the resources available on the website too. They are planning further volumes to tackle the issues of authorial philology arising when studying individual authors and, at the same time, to explore the synergy between the resources available on the website and the printed book.
The website www.filologiadautore.it was founded in 2010 and has now become a digital environment for information, updates and training in authorial philology, and a repository of Wiki editions of major Italian texts (WikiLeopardi and WikiGadda, whose main pages have had more than 750,000 hits). The website is consulted daily by all those looking for an introduction to the discipline. Also relevant to this development are studies of the history, methods and reviews of the critical reference texts, and the Catalogue of Digital Critical Editions produced by Greta Franzini (https://dig-ed-cat.acdh.oeaw.ac.at/).
The website contains, in the ‘Authorial Philology Exercises’ (‘Esercizi di filologia d’autore’) section, examples of editions of autographs with corrections by Gabriele D’Annunzio, Luigi Pirandello, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Elsa Morante. The site presents both the ‘French-style’ genetic edition — a diplomatic edition which is the first step for a correct deciphering of the manuscript and for a synoptic vision of the original and its transcription — and a critical edition adhering to the method of authorial philology.
The website also contains useful information about the new Philology series with Carocci, on Gadda and Manzoni (http://www.filologiadautore.it/wp/collana/), as well as information on the THESMA project (http://www.filologiadautore.it/wp/thesma-project-sapienza-ricerca-2014-2016/), as well as the RTI method developed by the non-profit organization Cultural Heritage Imaging (http://www.filologiadautore.it/wp/chi-rti-project/).