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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... starting up in the same year, took a more cheerful view of the spectacle of ''a whole nation employing nearly all its leisure hours from the highest to the lowest ranks in reading—we have been truly called a Reading Public'' (1:iv).
... where I reprinted one of my books, and called the town; I got as many books before-hand, as carried me to Newcastle- upon-Tyne; there again I reprinted, called the town, and got books to bring up to Leeds in Yorkshire.
He probably carried newspapers and periodicals. He may have had a sideline in tobacco.≥∏ And he was the author of a pamphlet about circulating libraries, a poem for children called The Battle of the Boys and the Flies, ...
He was what an earlier age might have called a projector, a man of projects. One of his original ideas, dating from 1769, was to print sermons in a large font that looked like handwriting, to save clergymen the trouble of writing their ...
He called on his acquaintances to counteract the calumny, citing several lost opportunities: ''on the strength of this Slander Mr Rogers . . . prevented Mr Rose from lending me Carl Gozzi's Works, which he was previously most ready to ...
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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