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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... was that it brought in older books and books in other languages, most of the contemporary titles belonging to the first group being in English—so it increased the range of kinds of work and thereby kinds of marginalia included.
Following a broad survey of the reader's world in the Introduction, three chapters examine marginalia of various kinds from a grassroots level. The first kind is found in books connected with the professional work of educators, lawyers, ...
... particularly in the Introduction, with scores of references to it, I was pleased to find that the two studies, relying on di√erent kinds of documentary evidence, were broadly compatible and complementary in their results.
Whether these developments add up to a revolution of any kind is another question. Historians find support for the idea of a new mass market in population statistics and literacy rates. Between 1780 and 1830 the population of Great ...
Though exhibitions, outdoor activities, and live performances of various kinds were occasionally available, for everyday recreation in the absence of radio, television, CDs, movies, and the Internet, people of all classes read or were ...
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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