It only took the discerning eye of an author to notice and error that’s been sitting for 161 years. An 1853 report in the New York Times on the story of Solomon Northup went viral this week, but one reader noticed an error.
Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” tweeted:
— Rebecca Skloot (@RebeccaSkloot) March 3, 2014
The NYT immediately corrected the error:
An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as “a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.”)
Better late than never?