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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... to Posterity 198 4 The Reading Mind 249 Conclusion 299 Notes 307 Bibliography of Books with Manuscript Notes 325 Bibliography of Secondary Sources 340 Index 353 List of Illustrations 1 ''Luxury, or the Comforts of a Contents.
he asks in ''Seven Bad Reasons Not to Study Manuscripts'' (40). ''How can we avoid anachronism, the fatal sin of most historical research? One of the best strategies lies through marginalia.'' The second challenge was my own.
Romantic Readers is therefore in the first place an empirical study, an account of manuscript notes written in books by readers between 1790 and about 1830. At the core of it is a set of roughly 400 books in the British Library and 200 ...
Since most of the materials of this study—the marginalia themselves—existed only in an unpublished manuscript form, my first goal has been simply to exhibit them, to describe and quote from them in a way that may recreate for my readers ...
''Marginalia'' I use inclusively, as in the earlier book, for all manuscript additions made by readers to a printed text, whether or not they are in the margins proper. For all their limitations I prefer ''annotator'' and ''annotate'' ...
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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