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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Studies of literacy are bedeviled by problems of definition at least as much as by problems of evidence. What constitutes literacy, and what proofs are su≈cient and available? Does it mean the ability to sign one's name in a marriage ...
Crabb Robinson recorded the rumor that Joseph Johnson had made at least £10,000 as the publisher of Cowper (1:381). The early nineteenth century produced ever more spectacular examples both of triumph and of failure.
Anyone who could raise the printing costs through friends or by subscription could publish a book or start up a journal; copies sold over and above those reserved for subscribers would profit the author, and at least the work would get ...
A more commanding figure than Lemoine, but at least as versatile, is John Trusler (1735–1820), who did so well as a rogue publisher that he was able like Lackington to buy an estate and publish a volume of his autobiography.
Each member was to pay at least a guinea a year for membership and to purchase one copy of every book published by the society. The society would buy paper direct from the mill, hire printers or run its own press, determine by committee ...
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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