The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94326   Message #1825386
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
02-Sep-06 - 11:35 AM
Thread Name: Leadbelly or Lead Belly?
Subject: RE: Leadbelly or Lead Belly?
Once it is in print it is more or less etched in stone. If you offer an initial note and a citation as to where you take your guidance regarding the spelling of his name, you should be set. You need to then be consistent in how you use it, but with the following proviso: you shouldn't change direct quotes, so if somebody else wrote it differently, you need to use that variation in that quote. Sometimes adding [sic] will take care of it, if you feel you need to make a nod to that spelling for readers.