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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A few months later, though, in the Monthly Magazine of August 1800, Mary Robinson took a more positive position, observing that ''Every man, nay, almost every woman, now reads, thinks, projects, and accomplishes,'' with the result that ...
What Southey describes is essentially the process later documented by historians: general education (fostered by the churches) leading to widespread basic literacy and a demand for print which in turn brought about increased profits and ...
But the argument that political events should arouse interest in the first place and kill it o√ later does not make much sense, and we have to consider other possibilities. A second approach to the alleged reading revolution starts ...
There followed endless reprints of plays, poems, novels, and the most popular of the older periodicals, many of these reprints published on the installment plan, in parts—a staple device of the time, of which more later.
If they did not sell at all, they would be shunted down the food chain to specialists in remainders like Lackington, or further down still to dealers like Lemoine with his stall and, later, his sack.
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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