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How Billy Grew

This animated visualization will simulate the growth of the Billy Budd manuscript through its various stages of composition (macro-revisions).  However, the viewer will also be able to stop the animation, select a particular leaf within a chosen stage, and use TextLab’s database to inspect individual revisions on the page (micro-revision).  The project is in its earliest stages, and the PowerPoint slides constitute a storyboard focusing on Melville’s addition of leaves to the opening of Chaper 1 that involve his insertion of a black sailor to epitomize his notion of the Handsome Sailor.