This chapter focuses on the imaginative possibility that something stayed the same and that this sameness was seen as juridically and aesthetically legitimate to the collected edition's rise in cultural prominence during the early nineteenth century. The legitimacy of sameness was dependent on an acceptance of the simultaneous presence and absence of a third party mediating these repetitive encounters between readers and authors. The case of Wieland's edition marked a beginning point in the emerging legitimacy of a certain kind of reprinting and textual repetition. In the early nineteenth century, following the precedent of the Göschen publishing house, publishers were increasingly occupied with collecting, packaging, and selling the collected works of their respective language's most popular authors. “The Uncanny Guest” thus enacted both the consolidation and stability that collected editions were intended to produce pieces of evidence that pointed to the necessary failure of such consolidation and control.
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