A page from the manuscript of The Mind of the South. Cash was both blessed and tortured by a determination toward perfectionism. The Knopfs had to wrest the manuscript from him finally with idle threats of publishing an unfinished version--something which even Cash himself agreed in winter, 1940 they could do. Although he struggled with his own typing skills on the Underwood, most of the final manuscript was typed by Cash's friend from Boiling Springs, Erma Drumm. (The above is the final draft version of page 134 of the 1991 edition, 137-138 of the 1960's editions; here the corrections were minor, substituting "paralyzed" for "so completed the paralysis of" ..."Southern culture at the root", and deleting "west Africa" from the originally stated phrase "...and endowed with all the binding emotional and intellectual power of any tribal complex of west Africa of the Belgian Congo". Other changes made in the final draft were more striking, softening some of the diatribes on Southern manners, mores, and bad habits--such as Cash's toning down of his bashing of the old mountain habit of refraining from bathing except on Saturday night and,as Cash originally stated, in a washtub wherein the family would do its laundry come Sunday morning. The manuscript, long in the possession of Cash's sister Bertie, was donated by her family to Wake Forest University in 1990 where it can be viewed from within the Rare Books and Manuscripts Room of the Wake Forest library.)