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\ ˈkər- sə -rē \ adjective: hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
The word cursory has appeared in 55 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 21 in “What Hemingway Left in Sloppy Joe’s Bar 80 Years Ago” by Robert K. Elder:
The items, part of the most significant cache of Hemingway materials uncovered in 60 years, are in a new archive recently opened to scholars and the public at Penn State University. Called the Toby and Betty Bruce Collection of Ernest Hemingway, the material includes four unpublished short stories, drafts of manuscripts, hundreds of photographs, bundles of correspondence and boxes of personal effects that experts say are bound to reshape public and scholarly perception of an artist whose life and work defined an era.
… While future scholars will mine the archive to discover secrets and insights, even a cursory review of the materials is impressive. Spanier, the Hemingway scholar at Penn State, said the process of annotating and dating items “has been just like an Easter egg hunt.”
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