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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Though the method of categorization is not perfect, something had to be done to bring a vast, miscellaneous crowd of examples into order, and function o√ered more common ground than genre or chronology. Under di√erent circumstances, ...
... Church's letter-founding machine, lithography, stereotype, steam printing, and cloth bindings—swept away traditional artisanal methods and brought in mass production, making possible lower prices and larger sales.
produce radical change either in working methods or in the quantities of printed matter available.∞≥ If ''revolution'' is the wrong word to apply to the reading environment of Britain in the Romantic period, how should we think of it?
Books were o√ered at all kinds of prices depending on size and quality and marketing methods, as were other goods. But the newspapers give an o≈cial price and make it possible to see what a customer could have had for the same money.
And what can we learn from exceptional cases? early education Certain forms of writing in books had been immemorially approved as study methods: interlinear glosses, as aids to translation; heads—words indicating topics and changes of ...
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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