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 ...
... must be reading a thousand books a year, and anticipated his Romantic successors by observing, ''In a polite age, almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the press than the pulpit'' (2:124, 311).
Read the wrong books or express the wrong opinions about them, and you were marked, as Lamb observes—you must read and have something to say about it ''or be thought nothing of.'' Though the right books and opinions varied from one ...
(Writing about similar methods of instruction in America about this time, William J. Gilmore observes, first, that the process of learning was probably more rapid because they were thus building on oral practice, and, second, ...
He may have been on the lookout for passages to share through reading aloud or recitation: at the beginning of Canto Four he observes, ''Passages of surpassing beauty Quote—Stanzas 1—2—3 11— 12—13—14—15—16—17'' ().
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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