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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... people like the Duke of Sussex, the lawyer Francis Hargrave, the antiquary Francis Douce, the classicist Charles Burney, the poet Anna Seward, the botanist James Edward Smith, and the clergyman and literary editor John Mitford.
This work is addressed to Romanticists, or rather to students of the Romantic period in Britain; to literary scholars interested in reception and reader response; to historians of the book; and to owners or custodians of annotated books ...
Ω Individuals might subscribe to one or two periodicals, but reading clubs, libraries, and literary societies had to carry several. Their numbers—both the reading groups and the periodicals—grew rapidly and fed the burgeoning trade.
... as ''annuals'' in the late 1820s, John Clare earned twenty guineas a sheet writing for the Forget-Me-Not (Letters, 121). But these new powers inevitably brought new burdens for authors as well: since there were no literary agents, ...
... traditions of liberality established by their eighteenth-century precedessors, supporting their stables of writers and winning their loyalty with breakfasts, dinners, soirées, and salons that created and cemented literary alliances.
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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