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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In 1796, for instance, he was taken with a scheme of Count Rumford's (probably his ideas about poor relief in Bavaria) and o√ered his publisher Joseph Cottle a pamphlet adapting that scheme as an urban project for Bristol.
He probably carried newspapers and periodicals. He may have had a sideline in tobacco.≥∏ And he was the author of a pamphlet about circulating libraries, a poem for children called The Battle of the Boys and the Flies, ...
... the stereotype is demonstrably unfair—Kauf- man for instance proves that a very small part of the stock of most of these places consisted of escapist fiction—and probably tells us more about middle-class anxiety than anything else, ...
Besides such routine use, I note a few special cases in the collections of the British Library, special because they were tailored to individuals and happen to have survived, but probably common enough in their kind at the time.
My final example in this section is another instance of shared use, probably again within a family. The owner having acquired James Lee's Introduction to Botany (1806) as a student at Oxford later adapted it for ''Betsy,'' composing ...
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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