Romantic Readers: The Evidence of Marginalia
When readers jot down notes in their books, they reveal something of themselves—what they believe, what amuses or annoys them, what they have read before. But a close examination of marginalia also discloses diverse and fascinating details about the time in which they are written. This book explores reading practices in the Romantic Age through an analysis of some 2,000 books annotated by British readers between 1790 and 1830.
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... March 7, 1823 147 20 Notes by the Duke of Sussex on a speech by Pitt the Elder 150–51 21 Frontispiece and title page of William Blake's copy of Sir Joshua Reynolds's Works (1798) 155 22 Notes by William Blake in a copy of Francis ...
The scale and im- pressiveness of this group may be diminished by the fact that 400 of the books were Coleridge's, but it still contains a healthy number of examples of work by the likes of Horace Walpole, Hester Piozzi, William Blake, ...
Blake noted with approval in 1800, ''There are now I believe as many Booksellers as there are Butchers.''≥∞ Crabb Robinson recorded the rumor that Joseph Johnson had made at least £10,000 as the publisher of Cowper (1:381).
Robinson was at least as interested in talking to an old soldier, a bricklayer, or a lunatic (''the insane poet, painter, and engraver, Blake'') as to the lawyers, Dissenters, and socialities of his proper sphere.
It is not surprising that when he spent leisure time alone with Wordsworth, Coleridge, or Blake, they generally wound up being read to. On 24 May 1812, for example, he had ''a very interesting day'': ''At half-past ten joined Wordsworth ...
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In this follow-up to her magisterial Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books , Jackson (English, Univ. of Toronto) focuses on annotations that were made in books during the Romantic Age--that exciting ... Read full review