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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In 1796, for instance, he was taken with a scheme of Count Rumford's (probably his ideas about poor relief in Bavaria) and o√ered his publisher Joseph Cottle a pamphlet adapting that scheme as an urban project for Bristol.
Lackington, for instance, had started out as a shoemaker with a sideline in books; John Nichols's father was a baker, Joseph Johnson's a farmer; William Chambers in Scotland earned only four shillings a week as a bookseller's apprentice ...
(Annotated volumes circulated as enhanced copies, and borrowers sometimes asked permission to copy the notes into their own books; the flyleaf note recording such a source is quite common—for instance in Kemble's copy of John Horne ...
... the stereotype is demonstrably unfair—Kauf- man for instance proves that a very small part of the stock of most of these places consisted of escapist fiction—and probably tells us more about middle-class anxiety than anything else, ...
A subscription-library copy of A. G. Sinclair's privately printed The Critic Philosopher; or Truth Discovered (1789), for instance, fig. 9 Regulations of Fellows's Circulating Library, Salisbury, 1800. In introduction 45.
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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